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Infomercials Plug Products, Polish Spanish Skills

Infomercial makers included (clockwise from top left) Kelly Kroll, Ella Dougherty, Karsten Kirkendall, Conner Meyers and Marlie Fowler

It can all be traced to Conner Meyers’ delicate complexion.

“He burns so easily,” explained classmate Kelly Kroll. “He even got sunburned when we were making the video.”

The video Kelly was referring to was one of a handful created by Spanish teacher Sarah Ellis’ third-year students, who worked in groups to create 2-to-4-minute infomercials on products of their own invention.

Here are the other student videos:

In Kelly and Conner’s group, it was the imaginary product called La Pasta De Guerrera De Sol — or Sun Warrior’s Paste — bothuntinted and in colors such as blue and red. They and three others pitched, danced, hammed and showed off their Spanish prowess around Kelly’s backyard and at downtown locations, including beside the showboat and along Main Street.

The videos followed a detailed rubric that included requirements such as students showing or explaining how the product worked, why it is useful, how someone can buy it and customer testimonials. Videos also were to incorporate grammatical structures and vocabulary the class is reviewing. Students were graded on their written script, pronunciation, grammar and creativity, among other items.

“It’s definitely a lot more fun to make a video than to practice (the language) out of a book,” Kelly said.

Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio

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