My hometown: A travel guide

Introduction

What do you like about your hometown? What is there to see?

Do you have friends outside your hometown? What if they decided to visit? Where would you take them? What would you show them?

Take some notes and then discuss in your class.

Click on the task button to see what’s next.

Task

You have decided to take part in a European tourism competition. Create a two-page long travel guide of your hometown.

Include 5 sections: 1) location, 2) a museum a tourist can visit, 3) a famous person from your hometown, 4) a famous battle that took place in your hometown and 5) a section of your own choice.

In each section include a photo you will take by yourself.

Be careful about the layout of your travel guide. Make it attractive.

Process

Follow these steps to make your travel guide. For each section you are given links to follow in order to find all the necessary information. Read the resources. In each section write a paragraph of about 100 words.

In each section, add a photo you took by yourself. You can take a photo with your mobile phone. This way you avoid copyright issues and you can also add a bit of your personality in the photo since you take the shot yourself.

Step1:

Write a paragraph about 100 words describing where Amfiklia is located and how you can get there. Read the following resources. Access all resources.

Resources: https://onparnassos.gr/en/destination/amfiklia/

https://www.visitgreece.gr/blog/travel-tips/958/a-distant-dream-close-to-athens-municipality-of-amfiklia-elatia/

https://www.touristorama.com/en/amfiklia

 

Step2: Write a paragraph of 100 - 150 words describing The Amfiklia Bread and Profession Museum. Do not forget to mention how special this museum is.

Resources: https://onparnassos.gr/en/place/bread-and-profession-museum/

https://www.visitgreece.gr/blog/travel-tips/958/a-distant-dream-close-to-athens-municipality-of-amfiklia-elatia/

https://www.lifebeyondbordersblog.com/greece-out-of-season-mount-parnassos/

 

Step 3: Write some basic information about who Athanassios Eftaxias was in about 100 words. There is very little information about Athanassios Eftaxias in English. For instance, in Wikipedia, there is the following description: He “was a Greek politician. He was born in Amfikleia, Phthiotis,[1] and was briefly Prime Minister of Greece from July to August 1926. He died in Athens.” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athanasios_Eftaxias)

So, you will have to do a mediation activity. You will read information in Greek; select the information you believe is most important and then write your text in English. Do not translate parts word for word. Use the information to create your own English text. You may however need to find how to say some Greek words in English. Use this link: https://www.wordreference.com/gren/

Resource: Access this link to learn about Eftaxias: https://www.sansimera.gr/biographies/597

 

Step 4: In 100-150 words briefly describe The Battle of Dadi and why it was important for the Greek War of Independence.

Again, there is very little information about this battle in English. You will work the same way as in step 3 above. Use information about the battle written in Greek to write you English text.

There is a monument of this battle next to our school. Take a picture of it.

Resources: https://exploringgreece.tv/destinations/sterea-ellada/poia-periochi-tis-elladas-onomazotan-kapote-dadi-kai-dothike-ekei-mia-istoriki-machi/35066/

http://www.amfiklia.gr/2014/10/1-1822.html

https://www.eidisis.gr/arthrografia/agnostes-maxes-tis-epanastasis-toy-1821-i-maxi-toy-dadioy.html

 

Step 5: Think of a place or something to see in Amfiklia that you think a visitor would find interesting. Give your section a title and add a description of about 100 words.

Evaluation

You will be evaluated based on the criteria in this rubric. Read it carefully and check your work.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t_mFByK_ooS1WR7PrDEAXwOdlHDI3qhv/view?usp=sharing

Conclusion

Conclusion

Thank you for your cooperation! I hope you had fun.

Take a minute to reflect on what you learned and the way you worked with your fellow students.

Every place on earth has beauty. Every place on earth has a history. Be proud of your hometown and let others know about it as well.

 

Teacher Page

Students:
25(13-14 years old), Level: intermediate, Time: 8 sessions of 45 minutes (school time 1 month)

Aim: Making a travel guide of students' hometown.

Objective:Scanning online texts for specific information, Skimming online texts for general understanding, Exercising critical thinking skills, Practicing new literacy skills, Practicing mediation,  Writing descriptions of places, events, people, Promoting collaboration and communication among the learners, Fostering imagination and creativity       

Standards

Teaching Context
The group of learners referred to in the paper is the second grade junior high school students. There are twnty-five students in the class, mainly Greek and some Albanian, aged thirteen or fourteen years old who reside in a rural area. They are basically at an intermediate B1 level according to the CEF scale (Council of Europe, 2001).
The coursebook taught is Think Teen 1st Grade of Junior High School, Advanced (Giannakopoulou et al., 
2009) which aims at Threshold B1 level and follows the cross-curricular approach. The curriculum currently implemented is the EPS curriculum (2003).