It is a big Sunday as many of you are winding down from ACTFL and coming back to a two or three day week. Maybe you are pumped to start implementing something new, but you need a day or two to put it together. Plus, students are antsy due to the short week. Here are a few activities that I put together to infuse more culture into these two days.
My plans for Friday were to discuss the Latin Grammy song of the year. Then, whomp whomp, it was Despacito. You can open up a discussion on this on Facebook groups or Twitter, and watch Spanish teachers get all in a tizzy about whether or not they would use it in class. (For the record, I don’t want to use it!) I focused on the new nominees instead. I made a Google Slides of everyone nominated for best new artist. I shared this with my class and allowed they to choose an artist, research them and embed a school appropriate song into the slides. Then at the end, we listened to all of the music and their slides. It was low pressure, and at least to me, the class seemed to fly by! I also chose this for my class because they really love music. Also, if you would also like to extend this, you could do a fashion police activity! Have students rate each outfit and explain why they gave each rating.
In addition, I am continuing my news articles, so you can read these with your class on Monday. They are a little shorter this weekend, but they include information on who is running for the election in Chile. The election is actually occurring today, so you could discuss the results with your class. Black Friday is also covered in a variety of different countries. You could pull up a variety of promotions to look at and compare/contrast. You could also have students compare the prices of sales in the US to sales in a variety of Latin American countries. On the Spanish Teachers Facebook group, someone shared this site of El Buen Fin which is also similar. Finally, the University San Francisco of Quito tried to beat a Guinness World Record to see how many people they could dress up as Star Wars characters! Here is the newsletter: