El premio gordo
Spanish students have won the Mexican lottery and are embarking on a travel adventure.
By Nancy Havera
Lewistown High School
Lewistown, Illinois
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Content
Click on one of the topics listed below to the left for instructions and information about completing this web quest.
 

Introduction
Task 
Process 
Resources
Evaluation
Conclusion 
Teacher page
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Introduction:
 
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¡Felicitaciones, amigos!  (Congratulations, friends!)  One of your college friends went to Mexico for spring break and brought you back a lottery ticket as a souvenir.  ¡Qué casualidad!  You won the grand prize!!  There is one stipulation:  you must spend the money in Mexico.  You decide to travel with three friends.  You will divide your winnings equally so that each of you receives the equivalent of $2500 US each.

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Task:

The Mexican government asks that you stay a minimum of 6 days (not including day of arrival and day of departure) or a maximum of one month.  During your trip, you will have to visit a least 3 cities and stay in each one for a minimum of 2 nights.  You will need to decide where to begin your trip, when to travel for the best weather and best rates, what round trip flights to take, how and where to exchange money, and the best places to stay, to shop, and to eat.  You want to create an itinerary that is fascinating, fun, and safe.  You will want to take full advantage of the lively culture, griping history, and exciting recreational activities that Mexico has to offer.  After gathering all the necessary information, your group will create a final Power Point presentation to be presented to the Mexican government (represented by the class) in Spanish to help promote future tourism.  At the beginning or end of your presentation you should include a map of Mexico in which you show your tour route.

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Process:



Travel Agent Arrange airfare and transportation within Mexico; check weather; create a packing list; book hotels
Culinary Expert Research typical dishes and customs of a specific area; plan and budget where and when your group eats; plan a visit to at least one open-air market for fresh produce; prepare a sample of a Mexican dish 
Activity Coordinator Plan trips to museums, cultural events, athletic competitions, nature experiences, and musical performances;  plan some time for pure relaxation 
Trip Manager Organize and manage the trip; handle crisis situations; check on international travel, political, and health warnings; check exchange rates 
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  Travel Agent
 
Mexicana Air


Congratulations!  You have been chosen as the travel agent for your trip to Mexico.  As the travel agent, you decide how to get to your cities and where to stay.  You must organize and plan well!

Your Responsibilities:

Process: Tips:

    As the travel agent in your group, you should consider:

ceramic sun
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Culinary Expert
movinghotpepper
Congratulations!
You have the distinct honor of being your group's culinary expert. You're probably thinking: "What's in store for me?"  Actually, you have a creative and fun part of the trip process.  Here's what you can expect:

Your Responsibilities:

Process: Tips:
As a culinary expert, you should know:
comida típica


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Activity Coordinator
 
el castillo Chichen Itza Yucatan


Congratulations! You have the honor of being chosen as the activity coordinator. This role is the most fun and exciting because you get to plan where your group is going.  Discos, museums, musical events, sports, natural areas, adventure travel ... the sky is the limit!

Your Responsibilities:

Process: Learning Tips:
Parque de Cosumel
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Trip Manager

Mercado San Juan de Dios, Guadalajara


Congratulations!  You have been recognized for your ability to think under pressure (and maybe for your love of shopping). Here's what you can expect.

 Your Responsibilities:

Process:  Tips:

 As the travel manager in the group, you should know:

gobierno mexicano
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Resources:  General Links:

Bureau of Consular Affairs
http://travel.state.gov/
The Bureau of Consular Affairs advises and supports our Embassies and Consulates around the world in such matters as deaths, arrests, robberies, citizenship and nationality, Federal benefits, notarization of documents, international parental child abduction and international adoptions. In addition, they provide assistance the traveling public the Bureau issues Consular Information Sheets, Travel Warnings and Public Announcements concerning conditions in countries where Americans may be planning to visit or reside.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.

LANIC
http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/region/music/
LANIC is Music of Latin American, a site developed at the University of Texas. It has a lot of information on each contry's traditional music and downloadable samples.

Planeta.com:
Eco travels in Mexico:
http://www.andiamo-travel.com

http://www.planeta.com/mexico.html

http://www.ecotravelmexico.com/bikemenu.htm

http://www.bajatravelvacations.com
These sites have lots of general information on ecotourism in Mexico.

Expedia.com
http://www.expedia.com
This site will give you a listing of airfares to your destination starting with the cheapest and increasing.

FAQs about Bullfighting
http://www.mundo-taurino.org/toro_faq.html
A very complete source for all your questions about bullfighting. Links to bullfighting by area.

The Universal Currency Converter
http://www.xe.net/ucc/
Here you can find the currency of your country and the rate of exchange with US dollars.
 

Mexico:

Mexican Charro
http://www.mexicocity.com.mx/mexcity.html
A virtual guide to Mexico City including culture, history, sightseeing, services, shows.  In Spanish and English.

http://www.mexico-travel.com/
Travel and vacation guides throughout Mexico.

http://www.mexonline.com
Excellent guide to shopping, history, culture, travel, accomodations, eating, and much more throughout Mexico.  Good source of visuals.

http://www.mexconnect.com

http://www.mexicovisitorscenter.com

http://www.cozumel.net/about
Sources for specific and general information about Mexico..

http://mexicanculture.about.com
Maps, photos, Mexican cuisine, history.

The Templo Mayor
http://archaeology.la.asu.edu/tm/index2.htm
A virtual tour of the Templo Mayor (translated as The Great Temple in English) is provided on this site.  The Museum is set in the heart of downtown Mexico City in the area known as the Historical Center. It was built by architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, who envisioned a discrete structure that would not compete with the colonial surroundings.

Teotihuacan Home Page
http://archaeology.la.asu.edu/teo/
We have created this site to offer the general public and experts around the world different kinds of information about this ancient city. It consists of introductory pages, recent excavation reports, and an academic journal, each suited for different kinds and levels of readers.

Alegria
http://www.alegria.org/body_lnk.html
Site for Mexican Dance, Music, Art and Culture.  Lots of downloadable music samples.  This is an outstanding resource which divides Mexico by region. It discusses the native dances to each region and also provides excellent links.

Mexico for Kids
http://presidencia.gob.mx
Mexico for Kids is a site published in English by the office of the President of Mexico, with lots of information about Mexio in a kid-friendly format.

Mexican Art and History Virtual Forum
http://www.arts-history.mx/direc2.html
Good site for cultural questions about Mexico. Some linked pages are in Spanish only.

Virtual Tour of Chichen Itza
http://www.mysteriousplaces.com/mayan/TourEntrance.html
See the world-famous Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Terrorism in Mexico
http://www.homelandsecurity.com

Mexican Charros
http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9705/04/mexico.charros/
This site describes the Mexican national sport "la charreada" (rodeo). It includes a quick time video of the rodeo and Aztec traditional dance.

Lonely Planet - Destination Mexico
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/dest/nam/mexico.htm
Lonely Planet guide to Mexico.  Good general information for all roles.

Fodor’s Guide to Mexico
http://fodors.com
An extensive guide with many practical suggestions for safe and economical travel.

Art and Artisans
http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/arts.html
This site includes many types of Mexican art including painting, sculpting, photography, Mexican crafts and dozens of Mexican artists. Museums of Mexico are included as well.

Mexico Connect: The Music of Mexico
http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/musicmex.html
This site is a magazine article explaining the history and roots of mariachi music. Audio examples are available.

Puerto Morelos: A Yucatan Paradise
http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/travel/rcunningham/rcpuertomorelos.html
This sight exemplifies typical food staples of Mexico and gives insight into one example of an authentic Mexican livelihood and industry. Also, ruins of the Yucatan are available.

Ballet Folklorico de Las Americas
http://www.bfmexicano.com

http://balletamalia.com
These sites include many facts about traditional dance of Mexico and well as links to the history of dance in Mexico. Several dance companies of the country are also highlighted.

Mexicana Airlines
http://www.mexicana.com
This site is useful for planning air travel to Mexico as well as useful travel and cultural information.

National Geographic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com
Look up specific articles on Mexico.

Shopping:
http://www.mexicoweb.com/

http://www.virtualtourist.com/vt/53e/c

http://www.peoplesguide.com/1pages/chapts/shop/1shopindex.html

http://www.madeinmexicoinc.com/shopping.html

http://www.studyspanish.com/go2mexico/spanishhelper/shopping/

http://www.ehi.com/travel/mexico/majorcit/mexico-city-shopping-luxury-discounts.htm

http://iexplore.nationalgeographic.com/dmap/Mexico/Shopping 


Mexican Markets:
http://www.mexicanmercados.com


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Evaluation:

Group Presentation:

Objectives   FLOJO FENOMENAL  FORMIDABLE  Earned
Points
Task  15 points 
The task is incomplete, and/or it is apparent that little effort went into the development of the task. The process is incomplete.
20 points 
At least one area of the task was NOT addressed. The plan followed by the team demonstrated a great deal of thought. The process was fairly well developed by the group. 
 25 points 
All areas of the task were addressed and handled with a high degree of sophistication. The plan followed by the team demonstrated a great deal of thought.  The decision-making process of the team planning a successful trip was well developed. 

Process: Teamwork 15 point s 
The final product is not the result of a collaborative effort. The group showed no evidence of collaboration. The goal of team success has been lost. 
20 points 
The team worked well together, but could have utilized each other's skills to a better degree. There was some lack of focus in the completion of each member's job, although the team still worked for team success.
25 points 
It is evident that a mutual effort and cohesive unit created the final product. Each member had a clear idea of what his/her job was and completed this job beyond expectations for the good of the team. 

Power Point Presentation:  title, introduction,  photos, historic notes, transitions, layout design, citations 15 points 
Technical quality is weak. Internet graphics adequate to weak. Power Point slides sloppy. Many grammar and spelling errors. Citations of sources very poor.   Use of written Spanish not original with many errors.
 20 points 
Technical quality is good. Internet graphics are adequate to good.  Power Point slides are thorough. There is some evidence of proofreading but there are still some grammar and spelling errors. Most sources are cited.  Use of written Spanish original with some errors.
25 points 
Techinical quality is superior. Appropriate internet graphics used exceed expectations.  Power Point slides superior. There is strong evidence of proofreading of text and the elimination of grammar and spelling errors. Citations of sources are carefully listed.  Use of  written Spanish original and accurate.

Oral Presentation  15 points 
Individuals do not participate equally. Presentation not clearly heard.  Spanish grammar and pronunciation show errors. Presentation not well-organized. No evidence of rehearsal. 
20 points 
Each individual participates fairly equally. The presentation is clear but cannot always be heard. Spanish grammar and pronunciation generally good. The presentation has been organized so that each member supports the team. Evidence of some rehearsal. 
25 points 
Each individual participates on an equal basis. The presention is clear and the voice projects to the entire audience. Spanish grammar and pronunciation are correct. The presentation has been carefully organized so that each member supports the team fully. The team shows evidence of rehearsal. 




Score: 

 

Travel journal:  25 points


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1.  Is a daily record of my trip. 

2.  Includes how much money I spent per day. 

3.  Is written from the point of view of my role. 

4.  Is written in Spanish and is able to be understood at a level we have agreed on in class.  ¡OJO!  The text the you write for your journal should not have been cut and pasted from the internet.  Write in you own words. 

5.  Contains a list of all sources. 

6.  On the last day, contains a self-reflection of what you would change, what you would do again, and anything you thought was cool. 


 

The travel agent:

25 Included a most-extensive list of places visited, how they got there, the weather, the clothes packed, and how long and where they stayed, and costs of transportation and lodging.  Went well-above what was required.
20  Included a somewhat extensive list of places visited, how they got there, the weather, the clothes packed, how long and where they stayed, and costs of transportation and lodging. Went somewhat above what was required.
15 Included a mostly incomplete list of places and sites visited, how they got there, the weather, the clothes packed, how long and where they stayed, and costs of transportation and lodging.  Most elements are missing or copied.
0 Made no attempt to participate in this project.

 

 The activity coordinator:

25 Included a most-extensive list of sites visited and activities planned.  Included activities and costs  from many different categories. Explained the significance of visiting these sites in a superior manner. Went well-above what was required.
20 Included a somewhat extensive list of sites visited and activities planned. Included activities and costs from several different categories. Explained the significance of visiting these sites in an above-average manner. Went somewhat above what was required.
15 Included a mostly incomplete list of sites visited and activities planned. Activities were limited and costs were glossed over. Explained the significance of visiting these sites in a poor manner, if at all. Most elements are missing, copied, or incorrect.
0 Made no attempt to participate in this project.

 

The culinary expert:

25 Included a most-extensive list of traditional dishes for the regions the group visited.  Included an exceptionally organized plan of where the group ate during the trip, including a wide variety of restaurants or other creative means.  Organized a food shopping trip.  Prepared a sample dish and gave most-knowledgable background information.
20  Included a somewhat-extensive list of traditional dishes for the regions the group visited.  Included a well-organized plan of where the group ate during the trip, including somewhat of a variety of restaurants.  Organized a shopping trip.  Prepared a sample dish and gave correct background information.
15 Included a mostly incomplete list of traditional dishes for the regions the group visited.  If background information was provided, it was incorrect.  Included a very sketchy plan of where the group ate during the trip.  Names of restaurants, if included, are few or copied.  Shopping trip missing or poorly planned.  Did not prepare a sample dish.
0 Made no attempt to participate in this project

 

The trip manager:

25 To the greatest extent, describes in detail what to do in certain emergency situations (e.g. lose passport, need hospital, find police, etc.), where shopped, and shows what souvenirs were collected and their significance.  Summarizes money exchange and health and safety concerns thoroughly.
20 Describes in some detail what to do in certain emergency situations (e.g. lose passport, need hospital, find police, etc.), where shopped, and shows what souvenirs were collected and their significance.  Mentions money exchange and health and safety concerns in some detail.
15 Only lists emergency situations but does not describe what to do (e.g. lose passport, need hospital, find police, etc.). Where shopped and what souvenirs were collected and the significance of both were very sketchy if included at all.  Money exchange and health and safety concerns absent or very sketchy.
0 Made no attempt to participate in this project

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Conclusion

Congratulations!  You've completed the quest and now you're experts on travel in Mexico!   Great job!!!

As veteran travelers, you were able to:

These are real-world issues about which people make decisions every day.  Hopefully, you have learned how to look at the pros and cons of travel to any foreign destination before spending any of your hard-earned (or hard-won) money!  What do you think?  How did this experience change your opinion of travel abroad?  Why is it important to respect and tolerate people's culture?  How is travel both educational and fun?

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