Here is the book description from the TPRS website:
Bullfighting is a dangerous sport, and there is nothing more menacing than facing a raging bull in the middle of the ring. All eyes are on the great torero, ‘El Julí,’ as he faces off against the most ferocious bull in the land, but nobody, aside from his daughter, Bianca, seems to notice that his greatest threat walks on two legs, not four. In her attempt to warn and save her father, Bianca soon realizes that fighting an angry bull is much safer than battling greed and deception.
So, if you use this Bianca Nieves y los siete toritos, I definitely recommend the Teacher's Guide (the TPRS TGs are always excellent), but I have a few ideas (mostly from other teachers - Kristy Placido and Carrie Toth) to share here.
First, here are some possible Essential Questions to guide a unit using this book:
- ¿Dónde está la corrida de toros un fenómeno cultural? ¿En qué consiste una corrida de toros? ¿Tenemos algo similar en nuestra cultura?
- ¿Dónde se prohíbe la corrida? ¿Por qué son tan polémicas las corridas? En tu opinión, ¿Es la corrida de toros un arte o una tortura?
- ¿Cómo se retratan la corrida de toros dentro del cortometraje "Ferdinando el toro," el libro Bianca Nieves y los siete toritos, y la película "Blancanieves"? ¿Cómo son similares y diferentes los tres?¿Cuál sería un fin alternativo para uno de los tres? O, ¿cómo continuaría uno de los tres?
These would probably be used in a level 3 class. For a level 1 or 2 class, I would make them simpler.
In order for students to understand that Bullfighting is a real thing in Spain, I showed them this 60 Minutes segment (or you could show the whole episode 43 minutes long)
Below are a couple of infografías that could be used as well. Some good ideas to do with infografías: two truths and a lie, summarize what information is included on the infografía, or have students summarize certain parts of infografía and share with class.
The next resource is something to definitely include -----> the Disney short Ferdinando el Toro. You could do a Movie Talk (see new slideshow below) with this or a variety of other things. I did a Movie Talk activity with the video and then students did this cloze activity (Kristy Placido transcribed most of this). They also had to figure out what the bolded words meant.
In order to understand the connection to the original fairy tale Blancanieves, we talked about it a bit. Kristy Placido has written the story and posted it here. I will use that next time to go over the story, depending on the level.
**NEW (5/20/15)** I created a slideshow for El Toro Ferdinando. I will use this to start the unit in Spanish 2. This is also a great way to introduce the preterite and imperfect. Here is a preview
After doing those introduction activities (which could be an entire week or more), students were ready to read the book. Another thing I recommend is getting a stuffed bull to represent Ferdinando... yes, yes, kind of cursi, but it might help for some of the acting scenes! We couldn't find a bull, so we had another stuff animal that a student brought in (can't remember what it was now). It would be nice if TPRS Publishing included one if you order a classroom set of books :)
Depending on the level and maturity of students, another fantastic resource to use with this book is the Spanish movie Blancanieves. It is black and white and it is a silent movie. Sounds like it wouldn't be a good movie for high school students, but I have shown it twice, once to AP and once to Spanish 3. Both classes were very engaged. We paused a lot and had a lot to talk about. Warning: it might be a bit heavy for some! There are lots of comparisons to made with this movie and the book! Here is the trailer:
You could also use lots of flamenco music with this unit. Here is an example from the movie (unfortunately, the grandmother dies at the end of this scene):
Here is an evaluación that I used for Spanish 3.
I look forward to using this book again, especially now with the new Teacher's Guide. I highly recommend it and I look forward to seeing what other people do with it!
Again, if any of this is useful for you, please consider giving back in a Radiohead style format.)