Near the end of the term you will need a passport to help you get past the customs officer (me). Don’t worry. Make the passport early on and you’ll have plenty of time to practice talking before the end. (Yes, you need to learn your answers, but I’m giving you the questions and I don’t mind going over your answers with you in advance provided that you give me enough time.)
We MIGHT begin to make a passport in class, or it might be totally on your time. We’ll see. Here’s what you need to do:
CREATING THE PASSPORT
- Get 2 pieces of blank white paper and cut them in half along the width (not long and skinny).
- Place the 4 halves on top of each other to make a stack.
- Place your stack on top of construction paper or colored paper and trace and cut out a rectangle to serve as a cover.
- Place your cover underneath your stack of blank paper and fold both your stack and the cover in half to create a book. Press down and make a crease.
- Unfold your stack and flip it over so that the cover side is face up. Gently tuck a stapler around one of the sides of your book so that you can staple the book together along the crease that you’ve made. Use at least 2 staples. The staples should be spaced out and the bars of the staples should be along your colored cover on the outside and the folded over pieces of your staples should be on the inside of your crease on your center page on the inside.
FILLING THE PASSPORT
- Pick a Country of origin, preferably a Spanish one. Put the flag of your country of origin on the cover (outside) of your passport.
- Open your passport, skip the first page, and number each of the remaining pages along bottom, in the center.
- Go back to the page you skipped. The first side of the first page in a passport usually contains a phrase from the country’s founding documents. If you can find such a phrase, great.
- Go to the back side of the first page and turn the book lengthwise so it is no longer a rectangle standing up, but lying down.
- On that page you will put/draw a small picture of yourself on the left side of the page. On the right side of the page you will print your real first and last name. Everything after that, make it up. I don’t want real info.
- Under your name, include a fictitious birthdate.
- Under your birthdate, include a city from the country of origin that you put on the front cover.
- On the remaining pages (the ones you numbered) include the following dialogue prompts according to the numbers below. You can even write your answers in the passport too.
- ¿Adónde vas de vacaciones?
- Where are you going on vacation?
- ¿Con quién vas?
- With whom are you going?
- ¿Qué vas a hacer?
- What are you going to do?
- ¿Cuánto traes en efectivo?
- How much cash are you brining?
- ¿Qué vas a comprar y para quién?
- What are you going to buy and for whom?
- ¿Cómo vas a viajar? ¿Ya tienes los boletos?
- How are you going to travel? Do you already have the tickets?
- ¿Qué tienes en la maleta?
- What do you have in the suitcase?
- ¿Tienes un lugar en que te vas a quedar?
- Do you have a place in which you are going to stay?
- ¿Conoces a alguien en _________?
- Do you know anyone in _________?
- ¿Cuándo vas a regresar?
- When are you going to come back?