Category Archives: Cultural



Back in March I read this blog post which had this brilliant idea of doing a musical ‘March Madness’. Well… I was way to busy and there was too much testing going on! But I really wanted to do this! SO….the past few weeks we’ve been working on a song every day. Then every other day we vote on our favorite. Each new round we have a new activity. I switch it up constantly so that it’s a variety of activities which work on listening, reading, and comprehension skills. As we get farther into the ‘Madness’ the students are really falling in love with the songs. They constantly come in singing them, asking for more, or telling me how they sang them all weekend long.

Next week we will finally be finishing it up! Which means, I’m starting to get new songs and activities on my teachers pay teachers!  Because not every song makes it all the way- I haven’t yet developed all the activities for all 16 songs. BUT- today my son decided to take a 3 1/2 hour nap…which means I have two songs completely done!

Two of the four remaining songs are ‘La Gozadera‘ by ‘Gente de Zona’ ft. Marc Anthony and ‘Me Voy Enamorando‘ by Chino & Nacho. My students LOOOOOVE these songs! And the videos are vibrant and (in my opinion) school appropriate! I especially love how you can link ‘La Gozadera’ to a unit about Spanish Speaking Countries and Capitals.

Click here to check out my lessons for both ‘La Gozadera’ and ‘Me Voy Enamorando‘!

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Mexico Independence Day is on Monday and I’m ready!

The past few years I’ve been teaching Spanish 1. Traditionally we’ve discussed Mexico Independence day through a Prezi, and some youtube videos.

However, Now that I’m also teaching Spanish 2 again, I’m trying to make new materials with higher expectations. I wrote this newspaper article (in Spanish of course!) about the events which led to Spain’s control over the indigenous people. It discusses key figures such as Hernan Cortes, Father Hidalgo, and Napolean. It also covers how Mexico Independence day is celebrated today.

I am thinking that I’ll make a parallel story to introduce this. Perhaps I’ll give the kids a scenario (they’re living under the Control of …Madonna, and she’s imposing all these rules that they don’t like (must eat broccoli three times a day, must work for free, …(whatever the kids come up with)) they are sick and tired of it what do they do……

Then transition into how this happened in Mexico.

Wow….this blog writing is a great way to brain storm lesson plans!

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What are you doing to discuss Mexico’s Independence Day with your students?