One of my most popular CI units in the last two years has been the Unit where we discuss “desacuerdos”. This year I tweaked it a little bit to incorporate the fabulous Nicky Jam and the results were immediate and engagement high.
I used this lesson in Spanish 2 right after the introduction of irregular past tense verbs “fue” and “vio”. One day the kids played Nicky Jam’s “El Amante” during Cantaninja. I was preparing for my traditional storytelling intro to “desacuerdo” in the next week and while watching the video, fireworks went off. THAT video would make a great MovieTalk introduction to desacuerdo. I scraped the old story-asking script and created a new unit.
I began by introducing the targets, circling and discussing them with personal details. We talked about types of disagreements, what happens, how do you deal or resolve, etc. The next day we did a MovieTalk with images from “El Amante”. The past tense targets fit in so nicely and I was able to introduce them to some new vocab words along the way. They picked up a lot through context. We then watched the video. Some content in the video may not be suitable for all levels. There is the implication of domestic violence and some language. My students loved it…especially the ending which gave me the opening to tease the future tense.
Over the next two days we continued with storytelling and retelling activities:
- Back AtCha
- Blind Retell
- 8 Essential Events
- Collaborative Mural
The targets were hit and the story retold. Then we spent a day analyzing the actual lyrics and doing a Coro with the chorus. We also continued to listen to the song throughout these days too and also did a Lyrics Training as a class. I created a Goosechase to have the students create Freeze Frame images of key phrases. I used those phrases in a Listening Assessment later that week. I also made a cloze Reading Assessment based on the story too and administered that through PearDeck.
Another one of the most fun activities we did while analyzing the lyrics was a version of #Booksnaps which I called Palabras en Escenas. We had a large Google Slide deck (using the amazing Roster to Slides add-on) where each student had to create one slide which depicted part of Nicky Jam’s lyrics and how they were applicable in other situations. Students got creative, showcased their own pop culture loves and used images and Bitmojis to reflect meaning. It was a quick activity that produced some great connections.
The music based CI lesson went so well that I’m trying to figure out what to do next. At this same time I also did “No Soy como tu Crees” with Spanish 3 as a tie in with La Llorona de Mazatlan. I can tell Nicky Jam was a hit through as he keeps being requested for Cantaninja…and several students downloaded “El Amante” and have it on their current playlist. Music + CI for the win!
Almost forgot my Pop Culture interpretation of El Amante con Jim y Pam 🙂