Sie7e is one of my favorite artists. He reminds me of Bobby McFerrin, and his song “Don’t Worry Be Happy” which was always on repeat when I was really young. (I was a worrier even then, and my parents tried to nip it in the bud!) I saw his song “So What” on the website El Mundo de Birch. I love the message, and my Spanish II students could write a creative piece based on it easily.
I didn’t want to use a cloze activity like I have done with many activities in the past. Looking at more of her website, I found the activity of “Eres el juez” or “You are the judge” (#4). My students have talked about each song, but they have never been able to add the depth and details that this worksheet includes! I will have students translate a few lines then they will listen to the song and watch the video. (Warning! In the beginning, a man moons the audience, but everything is covered up with a smiley face! If this would be a problem for your students, you could show them the lyrics video. I know most of mine would add that to the like list for the video.) On YouTube, they also have a video of Sie7e introducing his new single. This would probably be too difficult for my students, but I would show it to them at the end if there was time.
Finally, I had my students write down their own “So What” statements and illustrate them. I included all of my work in the link below; however, for the Eres el juez worksheet, visit El Mundo de Birch! She has some other wonderful ideas that you could use with different songs. This also might be a great activity for an unplanned sub day! Pick three songs and have students comment on them. Enjoy!