September 18th Chile's Independence Day Teachers: Evelyn Duarte, Francisca Saez, Keila Rodríguez Objectives: • Think about the real meaning of the Independence Day • Think about what is typical on September 18th. • Read some texts about the Independece day in order to be familiar with this date • Complete a crossword puzzle to learn vocabulary • Write a list of things that you did last Sepetember 18th and discuss what would you like to add for this date Introduction • Chilean's Independence Day (Fiestas Patrias) is a special day when Chilean people get together to celebrate their country, their culture, and their independence. Fiestas Patrias is celebrated on September 18th, and people usually eat typical Chilean food, a typical drink and they dress the typical Chilean cloth. During this date funny and interesting games are played as well as beautiful songs are sang and danced. • But, what do you know about the Independence Day? What have you experienced? Let's remember about this typical Chilean day. Main task • Your task will be to think about what did you do last September 18th. • Write a list of the activities that you did that day and share the information with a partner. Discuss if they do typical Chilean activities and what would you like to add to celebrate our Independence Day. You can add new games, food, cloth etc. • You can use the following list of questions to guide you. Questions: • • • • • • What did you eat? What did you drink? What kind of cloth did you dress? What kind of music did you listen/dance? Where did you go? What kind of game did you play? Process First: Before doing the main task check these links that will help you to know more about our Independence Day and to feel more confident about the topic. These will increase your knowledge about this important date for Chilean people. http://www.thisischile.cl/frmPrint.aspx?ID=1747 http://www.joeskitchen.com/chile/2007/08/24/chiles-national-dance-the-cueca/ http://www.southamerica.cl/Chile/Food.htm http://www.chipsites.com/public/index.php/chipsites-essays/82-chile-18thindependence-celebrations Second: Complete the following crossword puzzle. This also will help you to know more vocabulary related with the typical things that we do during our Independence day. • Your Crossword Puzzle 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ACROSS 1. Chile's national dance. 3. National Flower 5. A flat circular deep fried "bread" made of pumpkin and flour. 6. Temporary structures are made with roofs of tree branches covering a dance floor or tables for eating. 7. The 18th 8. Chilean cowboys. 9. Sliced tomatoes and onions with and oil dressing. 10. Cooked dried peaches and stewed corn served as a drink. DOWN 2. Typical turnover filled with diced meat, onions, olive, raisins and a piece of hard-boiled egg, baked in an oven. 4. Armed Forces Day Third: Take your copybook and pencil. Write a list of the things that you did last September 18th. Fourth: Get together with a partner. Fifth: discuss what you and your partner did last September 18th. Sixth: Discuss what would you like to add to celebrate our independence day in a better way Seventh: Present your discussion in front of the class and give reasons of the things that you would add for the Independence Day Evaluation Conclusions We have always been very familiar with our Independence day, because it is celebrated each September 18th. But now we know the real meaning of this date, it is not identify just for the typical food, dance and games; it is a day in which we celebrate our country and we feel proud to be Chilean people. Remember that you can add many things to celebrate this date, but always remembering this beautiful country in which we have grown up and in which we have the freedom to think and to express our opinions.