Linaje Year One Unit 1: Introducción Lesson Two “Role Playing with the Syllabus”

Teaching Objective:  Understand the content of the Heritage Spanish class syllabus. Identify and discuss key aspects of the syllabus, such as the importance of reading in Spanish, academic honesty, late submission policies, extra credits and effort, and cellphone use in class. Engage in dramatization activities to deepen understanding of syllabus topics.

Inquiry Question for the Ice Breaker Activity: How can we creatively engage with popular figures and characters to break the ice and foster collaboration in our Heritage Spanish class?

Inquiry Question for the syllabus activity: Which part of the syllabus do you find most important to help you learn Spanish in this class?


  • Copies of the syllabus for each student.
  • Cards with dramatization themes written (Let’s Read in Spanish!, Academic Honesty, Late Submissions, Extra Credits and Effort, Cellphone Use in Class).
  • Character cards featuring popular figures such as El Chavo, Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, etc


  • Print syllabus for all students. 
  • Prepare the classroom space to facilitate pair exchange activities during the main activity.
  • Print and cut out character cards for distribution.
  • Optional: Props for dramatization (e.g., clock, mobile phone, sunglasses, etc.).

Lesson Plan:

  1. Icebreaker activity (20-25 minutes):
  • As students settle in for class, use scotch tape to place a character card on each student’s back.
  • Explain the purpose of the icebreaker activity: to energize the class and encourage teamwork while familiarizing ourselves with famous characters.
  • Briefly outline the rules: each group member will take turns asking yes/no questions to guess the character on their card.
  • Instruct the first group to begin. Each member takes turns asking a yes/no question about their assigned character (e.g., “Am I a famous soccer player?” “Am I known for my comedic roles?”).
  • Encourage other group members to respond with a simple “yes” or “no.”
  • Rotate turns within each group until the character is correctly guessed.
  • Repeat the process with each group until all characters have been guessed.
  • Monitor the activity and provide assistance or clarification as needed. Congratulate the groups on their successful guesses and participation. Transition smoothly into the next part of the lesson, the syllabus reading and discussion.

* Alternatively, this can be a whole class mix and mingle activity instead of small groups.       

  1. Syllabus reading and discussion (10 minutes):
  • Distribute the syllabus to each student.
  • Brief explanation of the importance of reviewing the syllabus and clarifying any doubts they may have.
  • Invite students to read the syllabus aloud together with the teacher.
  • Encourage active student participation by asking questions about the syllabus content and clarifying any unclear terms or policies.
  1. Preparation for dramatization (10 minutes):
  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Hand out a card with a dramatization theme to each group. Give a few minutes for groups to discuss and plan how they will represent the assigned theme.
  1.   Dramatization and role-playing games (20 minutes):
  • Invite each group to perform in front of the class using the “charades” game.
  • After each performance, allow other students to guess which syllabus themes the dramatization refers to.
  • Encourage participation and discussion about the presented themes.

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