Grade 10 Spanish Class Ancient Mesoamerican Immersion at Penn Museum

On December 13, all tenth grade students enjoyed World Language field trips that highlighted the culture of their language of study (French, Mandarin, or Spanish). Students from each language penned a summary of their experience, both in English and their language of study, to provide readers with a student’s perspective.

 

por Jalen Patel ’20

El trece de diciembre, los estudiantes del tercer año del español y grado decimo fueron al museo de Penn en Philadelphia. Allí nosotros aprendimos sobre las diversas facetas de la vida y cultura de Mesoamérica.  La primer parte del viaje fue una visita guiada de la exposición Mesoamericana. Había muchos objetos, incluyendo, tallas de piedra, collares de jade y objetos domésticos surtidos. A través de estos objetos pudimos imaginar la vida de las personas de Mesoamérica. Después de esta experiencia, tuvimos una presentación que se trataba de  las maneras distintas de conservar los artefactos. Esto fue acompañado con un taller de estas técnicas con objetos cotidianos de la época. Además, gracias a nuestros profesores comimos tapas deliciosas  como jamon serrano, queso manchego, y chorizo con pan.  Por lo general,  fue una excursión muy informativa y pudimos reflejar sobre el estilo de vida de la gente de Mesoamérica.

by Jalen Patel ’20

On December 13, the sophomore Spanish students took a trip to the Penn Museum of Philadelphia. While there we learned about the various facets of ancient Mesoamerican life and culture. The first part of the trip was a guided tour of the museum’s exhibit on the cultures and artifacts of ancient Mesoamerica. There were a variety of objects on display, including stone carvings, jade necklaces, and assorted household objects. Through these objects we were able to imagine the lives of the people of Mesoamerica. Following this experience, we were given a presentation on the different ways of preserving artifacts. This was accompanied by a workshop of these techniques with more common objects. We also had the opportunity to try some tasty Tapas such as queso manchego, serrano ham,  and chorizo with pan (bread).  Overall it was a very informative trip that allowed us to experience the daily lives of the people of Mesoamerica.

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