viernes, 26 de abril de 2013

Unidad Didáctica: El Fútbol y la Copa Mundial

**New packet here for 2014** and website with resources.

After finishing a three week Diversidad de la Gastronomía unit, and having 5 days before vacation (one of which I was going to be out of school running the Boston Marathon), I decided to do a mini-fúbol/copa mundial unit. I have done this unit before, but usually have more songs and spend a longer time on it. I hadn't planned on doing it because I thought some of the songs might be outdated, but the familiarity of one of the songs, Waka Waka, and the style of music of the other, Grito Mundial, made it engaging for the students. It was also the perfect feel-good music that we needed this week. Although I was only there for three of the days and did not teach it the way I normally would (because of being in a complete daze the entire week because of what happened at the marathon), I thought I would share it here.

These are the essential questions for the unit (unit packet here):
  1. ¿Qué es la Copa Mundial?  ¿Por qué es tan importante en Latinoamérica?
  2. ¿Quiénes son algunos cantantes que cantan del fútbol?  
  3. ¿Qué son los mensajes de las dos canciones?  ¿Cómo son diferentes y/o similares?
The focus of this unit was on these two songs:
Waka Waka por Shakira

El Grito Mundial por Daddy Yankee

Before delving in to the songs, students investigated the World Cup, answered questions about sports related songs in our culture (comparisons!), and looked up information about Shakira and Daddy Yankee (see unit packet p. 2-4 & 16 ). We discussed all of this information in class as well. Then, students did a cloze activity and we talked about the videos. We also did some analysis of the song lyrics and the videos. (see unit packet for questions, some from a Zambombazo/Zachary Jones wksht.). (Students translated the songs too (gasp), but I think I am finally going to move away from doing that!)

The songs have a lot of similarities and differences. They are both related the la Copa Mundial and the videos both feature soccer players. Both focus on the unity that is created by la Copa Mundial. Waka waka is directed mostly at the players, while El Grito Mundial is directed at the fans and the world. There are many others as well.

There are other things that can be extracted/learned from El Grito Mundial, particularly from the video, such as what reggaetón is and where it comes from. We watched this video from the PBS series Latin Music USA. Students also learned about capoeira, which is featured in the video, by watching an excerpt of Black in Latin America: Brazil: A Racial Paradis? (Capoeira description starts at 8:25). We also discussed what carnaval is and what it's roots are.

And, although I didn't use La Vida Tombola by Manu Chao this year, I have used it in the past (see other unit packet p. 18-25). The students have not really liked the song, but I use it because it is a good one to compare and contrast with the other two songs. And I am fascinated with Diego Maradona and love Manu Chao! These are some of the other things that students can learn when using this song:
  • Manu Chao is a multilingual singer, who is from France. His parents were Spanish and left Spain because his grandfather was persecuted during the time of the Franco regime.
  • Diego Maradona is a very important figure in Argentina, partly because he helped unite the country in 1986 by helping the team win the World Cup after a devastating time period in Argentina. 

This is an exam that I used last year for this unit. I would revise it a bit, but thought I would share it.

There are so many other fútbol related songs! Here are a couple other resources to check out to find some of them:
Do you have a favorite song about fútbol that you use in class? Have you taught about la Copa Mundial? If so, please share! I am really looking forward to having some more material as we get closer to La Copa Mundial 2014 en Brasil!

Another good song to maybe add (Thanks to @spanishplans for suggestion!):

A couple of fantastic commercials to use with this unit, perhaps to introduce and start the unit??

Gol Televisión: Sin gol, no hay fútobl (transcript)
Gol Televisión: El Mundial 2014 se juega en Gol Televisión (transcript & worksheet)

2 comentarios:

  1. Love this post! I am going to be doing a World Cup unit as we get closer. My students are already following a team from the Spanish league for the duration of the season.

    My favorite soccer soccer is "Corazon de Campeon" por Jesse y Joy. And the music video for it is awesome! It starts out with the Aztec game and then of the Mexican revolution playing soccer progressing to current times. Definitely worth checking out and adding to your list. I've got a futbol unit pinterest page and I will definitely be adding this post!

    1. I was not familiar with that song, but just watched it - lots of culture there! I might have to add that to the unit! Thanks for sharing!