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Pinnola sub lesson plan 4 Tomatina

Pinnola sub lesson plan 4 Tomatina

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La Tomatina
Buñol, España
The sunny Mediterranean city of Valencia in Spain is world-renowned for its tasty and succulent oranges. And just thirty miles away is
Buñol
,another town just as famous for its produce. But its notoriety comes fromthe locals' habit of wearing the produce as well as tasting it: every year,Buñol hosts
La Tomatina
, the world's largest
vegetable fight
. Situatedonly 30 kilometers inland from the Mediterranean Sea, and well-connected by motorway andrail to Madrid and Valencia,this charming town eruptsinto a fiery blaze of tomato-hurling on the lastWednesday of every August.The
batalla
(“battle”) takesplace during a week-longcelebration filled with on-going festivities and with even greater anticipation for the monstrous
tomato battle
that serves as the culmination of the week's events.Without question the biggest tomato fight in the world, La Tomatinastarted with a good laugh.
During the forties
, in Buñol's main townsquare, a number of friends started a tomato fight for unknown reasons.It's unclear whether the initial volley was aimed at city officials or simplypedestrians unlucky enough to be in the line of fire. Soon enough,however, with their rowdy hooliganism drawing passers-by into the fray,everyone was having a great time. They had so much fun, in fact, thatfrom that day forward, the fiesta has been celebrated annually and hasgrown ever bigger each year.In an effort to draw more tourism (and therefore more targets) into thesmall town of Buñol, La Tomatina has blossomed into a full-blown
fiesta
(“party”) that coincides with the festival for the town's patron saint. For aweek leading up to the epic battle, the 20,000-strong town of Buñol, isfilled with parades, fireworks, food and streetparties.
The night before La Tomatina
, thenarrow streets beneath the town's imposingMedieval bell tower are filled with tomatoes,in a much more palatable form than they willbe the next day! Cauldrons of delectable
paella
(a Spanish seafood stew), simmeredover wood-burning fires, line the Concurso des
When?
La Tomatina takes placeon the last Wednesdayof August
Factoids
- There is no political or religious significance toLa Tomatina, it's justgood, messy fun.- Participants who showup from around theworld: 20,000- Number of tomatoesused: 150,000 ...that'sover 90,000 pounds of tomatoes!- Former Vice PresidentDan Quayle's plural of tomato: tomatos-Correct plural of tomato: tomatoes.- Buckets of water arethrown at the crowdsfirst by the fightinstigators in the tomatotrucks, as aforeshadowing of theveggie barrage to come.- After the battle, youcan hose off the splatter on the riverbank, wherethe town slaps together makeshift publicshowers.- Every year, the fight isnationally televised bythe most prestigiousagencies in Spain.
 
Paellas, a street near the Plaza del Pueblo. Wine and food flow around the small town until the weehours.Then, early Wednesday morning, shopkeepers and business owners along the Plaza set about coveringwindows and doors in preparation for the messy onslaught. Large trucks rumble up the cobblestonestreets to arrive in the crowd-filled square and, from the back of the huge trucks, official instigatorsbegin ceremoniously pelting the awaiting throng with their precious cargo: sloppy, squishy tomatoestrucked in from the four corners of Spain.Dressed in clothing doomed for the rubbish bin, more than 20,000 people retaliate against the truckers,each other and anything else that strays within range of their hand-crushed veggie blobs. Soon thestreets are awash in seeds, pulp and tomato guts - possibly one of the best starts to a great marinarasauce to be found west of Italy.The insanity ensues until more than 90,000 pounds of tomatoes have been hurled at anything with apulse that ducks, runs, stops, turns about, or fights back. For visiting tourists, be aware that anyonewith a camera or a baseball cap will be considered a prime target. Like all good battles, the assault isover in less than half an hour. Everyone then reconciles with their former targets and fellow warriorsand heads down to the river to remove the saucy mess from hair and body.
Source: http://www.donquijote.org/culture/spain/fiestas/tomatina.asp
 
Do not write on this paper. Record all answers on the answersheet.
LA TOMATINA
Antes de Leer – Answer these questions in complete sentences BEFORE you read the article.
1.
When you read the word
tomatina
what vegetable comes to mind?2. Think of a festival that takes place in your city or neighborhood. What is it like? What eventsare there? Is there food? 3. Have you ever been involved in a food fight? How did it start? Was it fun? What were theconsequences of the food fight? If you’ve never been in a food fight, do you think it would befun to be involved in one? 
4.
Based on the word
tomatina
and the questions above, what do you think the article you aregoing to read will be about?
Después de Leer - Read the article carefully, and then answer the questions that follow.
5.
Write a brief summary of what
La Tomatina
is.
6.
What item is thrown at spectators during
La Tomatina?
7.
When does
La Tomatina
take place each year?
8.
What country and city does
La Tomatina
take place in?
9.
Describe the significance of 
La Tomatina.
Is it a religious or political festival?
10.
How and when did
La Tomatina
get started?
11.
How many people participate in
La Tomatina?
12.
How many tomatoes are used during
La Tomatina?
How many pounds of tomatoes are used?13. How long does the celebration last for?14. Describe the type of person in the crowd who would be most likely to have a tomato thrown athim or her.
15.
What happens the night before
La Tomatina?
16. What happens Wednesday morning in preparation for the fight?17. How long does the actual fight last for?18. Where does everyone go after the tomato fight to clean up?
19.
Would you want to participate in
La Tomatina
, why or why not?

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