miércoles, 6 de marzo de 2019

Canción/Cuento de la semana: Bailo la pena


I LOVE the new Macaco song/video "Bailo la pena".  The song has a fun, positive message and the video is excellent. It is somewhat similar to "Soy yo," but I might like it a little bit more!

So, I wrote up a story (see below or find it here) to tell when I use this song for Cuento/Canción de la semana. I also wrote up some comprehension questions that I might use. I am working on a major project right now, so I don't have time to create a variety of activities (like I talk about in this podcast/presentation), but I might create them in the future. A listen and draw is always a good one to start with and requires only the script!

There is also novice version at the end of the doc, but since I am teaching Spanish 3 and AP right now, I won't be using that.

I read this article and it mentioned Stranger Things, so in the story I mentioned that in the story, but if you (or your students) aren't familiar with that, feel free to take it out.

Note: The video is on certain slides, but it is set to only show part of the video.

And, as always, feel free to make copies and adapt to your needs, but please be sure to give me credit! 


lunes, 4 de marzo de 2019

Los 3 Ps relacionados con la salud: a Task and a Song/Story


I have used the song "La Curandera" by Elastic Bond many times. Students usually like it and there are a lot of health related cultural products, practices, and perspectives in the song, so it can lead to students doing una comparación cultural as an evaluación. If you have AP at your school, this is a good one to do in level 3!

I am using "La Curandera" again to start my health unit in Spanish 3, but this time I have a story to go along with thanks to Mike Farkas, who shared a story to go along with the song. Then, I took what he gave me and together, we came up with this slideshow. He also made this activity for the story.

However, before we get into the story, to start the unit, we are going to start with this BVP-style Task (see theses posts to learn more about what I am referring to) to talk about our cultural products, practices and perspectives related to health.


Then, I am going to tell the story and then have students read and illustrate. I want them to just listen and see images first. You will see that they text fades in on the click, so I can just tell them, but then use the text if I want to. After that, they will work with the text and do some of these activities.



Students will also learn about dengue with some infografías and a PSA. Click here to find those free resources.

domingo, 3 de marzo de 2019

Una canción para "La belleza y la estética": Chicas de revista

What a perfect song for the AP Theme of La belleza y la estética! I am starting that AP unit tomorrow and this song will be a great way to start. 

Students will explore the People en español: Ponte bella site and then do some pre and post questions related to the song. You can find the activities here for free.


lunes, 25 de febrero de 2019

Kitbull: A story of compassion, fears, stereotypes, and friendship

Have you seen Kitbull yet? If not, you should check it out!


I think students will really like it and subliminally, there are some fantastic messages about friendship, compassion, fears, and stereotypes.

I took (too many) screenshots and put them into a presentation (see below or click here) to tell the story to students. And I also wrote up a story script (click here or see below) that could be used with intermediates. Feel free to adapt for your own use and/or make improvements or additions to it. There are probably some mistakes, as I whipped this up this morning. Please make comments if you see anything that needs to be fixed. Thanks!

There are a number of ways you could tell this story to students:
  • Show the presentation and read the story. Ask questions along the way.
  • Project this doc and tell the story to students. Students can see the text and the pics. Ask questions along the way.
  • Read the story and draw (also in doc). 
  • Read the story. Do some follow up activities (like Martina Bex's Textivities).
  • THEN, show the video! 
You could also use this little reading to set the stage about cats and the city of San Francisco. It is about how much people in San Francisco love cats (For the record, I made that up... I have no idea if people in San Francisco love cats!!) It is based on this article: "The Beloved Store Cats of San Francisco"I also made this Tour Builder if you want to do the reading that way... for my rural New Hampshire kids, this is a good way for them to see the city.

And a possible evaluation after: Escribe un resumen.




Click on the map below to go to the Tour Builder.




domingo, 17 de febrero de 2019

Radio Ambulante Listening Guide: Éxodo

I love the podcast Radio Ambulante! If you haven't listened to it yet, I highly recommend you check it out - it is excellent story telling from all over the Spanish speaking world!

I have used it in the past in my AP classes (here and here) and there are lots of ways to use this in class. For instance, Bethanie Drew's Listening Guide and lots from Barbara Davis.

But for my listening guide, which students will do over their February vacation (they need to be listening and reading over that break!), they will listen and read this episode: Éxodo. The episode is about Venezuelan and it is heartbreaking and informative. As students listen, they will fill in the blanks (keeps them reading and listening), answer questions (personal and comprehension), illustrate, translate, and reflect.

If you want to use the guide, click here.

Here are the AP Themes and Subthemes this episodes touches upon:

AP Temas: Los desafíos mundiales, La vida contemporánea, Las identidades personales y públicas, Las familias y las comunidades

AP Subtemas: Los temas económicos, La población y la demografía, Los estilos de vida,La enajenación y la asimilación, La estructura de la familia, La ciudadanía global, La geografía humana

Also, Martina Bex's readings about Venezuela would be an excellent thing to do before this podcast.


lunes, 11 de febrero de 2019

Un año... puede que...

I love this song! It is very comprehensible, appropriate and compelling. 

I had been wanting to write a story for it and use it for a while, but I am working on a big project and haven't had as much time to work on things like this. But, then comes Martina Bex to the rescue! See her wonderful, long, satirical post here (she is brilliant!). So, I am going to use the story that she created, along with Sr. Wooly's Una canción original. 

And then, we will go on to this song, "Un año" by Sebastián Yatra and Reik. The song uses the expression "puede que" (maybe, perhaps) a couple of times, so I decided to make up a little activity with that structure. Students will have to guess what is happening in each of the nine pictures before we watch the video. It will be a fun way to start with this song. The doc also has more screenshots to talk about after the guesses, the song lyrics, a translation, and a cloze activity.





martes, 15 de enero de 2019

A cuento/canción for Intermediates: Tan Bien

Update: 1/28/19 - Laurie DeLand took the story that I wrote and made a slideshow. Click here to access it and/or make a copy or see here:

Laura Sexton and Sharon Birch recently shared new music on their blogs and one song really grabbed my attention: Tan Bien by Lit Killah (what a name...) and Agus Padilla. 

I love the song and I think students will too! 

Stories always make the song much more meaningful and comprehensible. I created this story below (or click here for a better view) for my Intermediate students, but I have run out of steam (due to working a pretty big other project) to create any other activities (like here). But if anyone wants to collaborate and/or help out, let me know... or go ahead and take it and adapt it (obviously don't sell it -- yup, I have to say that!).

Some things I would add (and might end up doing in the future):
The story includes biographical information about the two singers - who are 18 and 17 -- so young that they don't even have Wikipedia pages yet!

I also took screen shots out of order to create the story. And, of course, I included structures and vocabulary directly from the song. So after spending some time with the story, they will better understand the song.

Important note: If you use the story, WAIT to show them the video! Play the song as they enter or the week before, but don't show them the video - it will take away some engagement and joy!




martes, 8 de enero de 2019

Una gran mascota: Chimuelo


Warning: This lesson is not for everyone... for a variety of reasons.

This morning I had a delayed opening and I went down a rabbit hole of #Chimuelo tweets! There are two videos (combined into one here) that went viral and this meme sums up how I (and many others) felt about the videos ------->>>

Basically Chimuelo was the pet of Renato, a 12 year old boy from Chile. Chimuelo had a genetic deformity and couldn't fly, so Renato named the bird after the dragon in the movie "How to train your dragon" (the dragon couldn't fly either). Chimuelo was a very special pet for Renato, but then he died of a heart attack. Renato had a burial for Chimuelo, filmed it, sent it via Whatapp to his family and then it went viral from there.

I thought students would be interested in it... and that it could generate some good class discussions, so I created a little lesson for it.

Below is the presentation (click here to make a copy). It is for Intermediates, but could be adapted and simplified.

I included some links to some articles and other videos and lots of screenshots of tweets to look at after the initial story and video. These could lead to some great class discussions!