Discussion: Guardias de seguridad

Purpose: You will practice your presentation skills and your ability to describe a scenario in Spanish that includes the location and relevant details using -ar verbs. In this activity, you will be presenting a report of a strange incident that is happening on campus from the perspective of a security team who is sending a Zoom report to their boss up the chain of command.

Task: This activity has four parts:

  1. Use the PDF to choose an incident and create an “incident report”
  2. Watch a video from a Spanish instructor modeling how to do this activity
  3. Record a video describing the incident you chose
  4. Interact with your peers on their reports of incidents

Part 1. Download or print the following PDF. Click here to download the PDF Guardias de Seguridad. Look through both sets of cameras to get a complete idea of what is going on at the various locations on campus. Decide which scenario you would like to describe, and fill out an incident report, un reporte de incidentes. Post the completed reporte de incidentes as a photo or image to the discussion board.

Part 2. Watch a Spanish instructor describe an example scenario via a Zoom recording about an incident that is happening on campus. Notice that she includes a visual of both cameras and the completed incident report.

Part 3. Use a computer or a smartphone to record a short video in which you describe the scenario you chose (if you make mistakes, it is okay and expected; start over from the beginning of the sentence and keep recording). Be sure to include where you are and what is happening. You will need to have a visual prop (photo, etc.) of both the incident report and the security cameras you are describing. The easiest way to do this might be to record your presentation via Zoom as you saw modeled by the Spanish instructor. If that is not an option for you, you may upload screenshots of the cameras and a photo of the completed incident report to the discussion board along with your video clip.

Part 4. Watch the video presentations of two of your peers. Post a written comment to each peer in which you name three things in Spanish that you saw or heard in their video.

Criteria: The components of this activity add up to 100%.

Parts 1 & 2. Choose a scenario to report on and fill out the reporte de incidentes. Watch the video example of a Spanish instructor describing an incident on campus. This is worth 20% of the total, and will require proof of the reporte de incidentes posted as an image to the discussion board.

Part 3. Record your own video describing an incident on campus in Spanish (if you make mistakes, it is okay and expected; start over from the beginning of the sentence and keep recording). The video report is worth 40% of the grade. The visual props of the completed reportaje de incidentes and the two camera perspectives are each worth 10%.

Part 4. Choose two peers and watch their presentations. After watching your your peers’ presentations, post a written comment in which you name three things in Spanish that you saw or heard in their video. Write your comments in complete sentences. Each written comment is worth 10% of the total grade.


Rebecca downloads the PDF and chooses to report on the scenario in the residencia. She fills out the reporte de incidentes and posts a picture of the completed form to the Discussion board, earning 20% of the total grade. She watches the example video of the Spanish instructor reporting on an incident in la biblioteca. She models her own video off of the Spanish instructor’s video, making sure to use descriptive verbs and precise nouns to describe what is happening in the residencia. She doesn’t have access to a computer, so she has to make do with her cell phone camera to record. She clarifies this in English at the beginning of her video, directing her peers to the screenshot images of both cameras and the incident report that she posts to the Discussion Board along with the video, and she earns 60% of the total grade. Rebecca watches the videos of two classmates and writes three complete sentences in Spanish of things she saw or heard in each peer’s video. She earns 20% of the total grade.