A WebQuest for advanced Spanish students.
Between 1976-1983, during the "dirty war" in Argentina, around 30,000 citizens disappeared without a trace.
The people who were "disappeared" were individuals, each with his own history, dreams and hopes. In order to become familiar with some of the disappeared, visit The Wall of Memory.
25 years have passed since the end of "the dirty war" and the disappearance of so many Argentine citizens. Friends, parents and children of the disappeared still love them, remember them and demand the truth and justice that they deserve.
It is important to recognize the disappeared with the minimum homage of memory because "Those that can't remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (George Santayana).
You are members of a committee that will form a proposal for the design and creation of a memorial and the dedication for the victims who disappeared and their families and friends.
You must decide what type of memorial to build, where to build it, which written dedication would be appropriate for the memorial, and when the dedication ceremony should be and which three important guests should speak at the ceremony.
Each person in the group needs to complete his/her part of the process and each one will receive an individual grade for this work.
In addition, the group will receive a grade for the final product (a model of the memorial) and the oral presentation of the proposal, as well as for collaboration as a group.
Read the rubric for the final product.
You have learned about a difficult period in the history of Argentina. Do you think that it would be a good idea to build a memorial for the disappeared? Should the OAS or another international organization be in charge of this?
Credits and References
The movie "La Historia Oficial" ("The Official Story"), directed by Luis Puenzo, inspired me to create this lesson in order to educate students in the United States about the abuses of human rights that occurred in the past and continue to occur in Latin America.
A lesson about the movie created by Amanda Macandrew of Montgomery County Public Schools also inspired me.