Planning Your Spanish Video in iMovie
Map – you may use a map you
This should be a title screen in
create, a map you find on the web, a
which you introduce your
map you annotate yourself, or the
map maker function in iMovie.
Show where you country is located.
This section should be narrated…
for example, “Italy is located in the
southern part of Western Europe”
Religion – most Spanish speaking
countries are also Catholic. Give a
short history of how Catholicism
took hold in that country. Create a
time line to show this info. Narrate
the timeline as a slide.
Food – What are some of the
traditional dishes or celebratory
dishes and their preparations?
What do they use a lot in their
cooking and why? Show some
pictures and explain in narration.
Alternative – Act out a scene in
which you order a typical
traditional dish and (pretend to)
eat it, commenting on what is in it
and what is so special about it. Use
Language – there are many ways to
talk about the language of a
country. You will want to talk
about how long Spanish has been
the official language, and if there
are other native languages that are
mixed with the Spanish. Sometimes
parts of a country will speak a
different dialect. You can show this
info through narrated slides of
maps, charts, etc.
Alternative – Act out an interaction
in a market scene or some other
scene in which you speak the
language of a typical transaction.
Use green screen.
Social Habits – these have to do
with manners and customs. For
example: How do people greet each
other? What are some gestures or
manners that are common, and are
there any taboo mannerisms people
should know about?
Alternative – Act out some of the
proper mannerisms, and also act
out some scenarios in which social
manners customs are violated. Use
Traditions – most countries
observe religious traditions.
However, not all will observe them
the same way. This is worth
showing and discussing. Also, many
countries have their own
celebrations and traditions that are
unique – for example the U.S. is the
only country to celebrate the 4th of
July, Mexico has Cinco de Mayo, etc.
You can show this through narrated
Alternative – Act out a scene in
which you show a typical
celebration. Use green screen
Economic Base – we do not need
to cover all of the economic
activities of a country, but if there is
one that is dominant, it’s worth
talking about – it is what helps keep
the country’s economy stable. For
some countries, agriculture
(farming or ranching) is still a big
part of the economy. For some,
industries like textiles, coffee, or oil
Alternative – Take on the role of
someone who works in the
predominant economic activity.
Explain why what you do is
important to the country’s
economy. Use green screen.
Music – What is considered to be
the “traditional” music of the
country? For example, in the
Caribbean countries like Puerto
Rico, Salsa music is traditional.
Give some background on it, and
play an MP3 file so we can hear an
Alternative – Act out a dance to
that music – if it is a traditional
dance that accompanies the music
such as salsa or flamenco, learn a
few steps and show them off. Use
Art – What is some of the
traditional art or artforms in that
country? What do artisans make?
Who are famous artists from the
country? What are some famous
things they created?
Tell about this – use lots of picture
slides for examples.
Alternative – Take on the role of a
famous artist from that country and
talk about some of your most
famous works of art. Use green
Wrap up with a summary about the
country’s culture as a whole. What
makes it exciting, different, vibrant?
Why should someone want to visit?
This scene should be done by you,
talking to the camera – remember
to be animated – show some
enthusiasm! Use green screen.
There are 7 opportunities within
this project for you to choose the
alternative and film using the green
screen. It is required that you use
the filming a MINIMUM of 3 times.
You may use the filming alternative
for every scene if you wish, but it
must be present a minimum of 3
Note – If you would like to present
your project in a different format, in
which you still include the
requirements, see Ms. Weisz.
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.