I finished my 10th year of teaching social awareness through music with my Spanish III classes this week. And, as has happened every year since I created this unit, it got longer and more involved, and the kids were terrific! When I started 10 years ago, I used 3 songs (two from Juanes and one from Juan Luis Guerra). This year, I used 15 songs (Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, Carlos Baute and Yerson and Stuard). I spent about 6 weeks in the unit full time, but I actually started the music as we were finishing a unit about travel. Within the teaching of this unit, I also incorporated preterite and imperfect, present subjunctive, geography of the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia and South America in general, history of the three focal countries and background information with authentic readings of all of the artists except for Yerson and Stuard. I plan to post the entire unit here this summer, when school is done; however, you can see the bulk of the work here.
This year, as I have done for the past 6 years, the students all chose one song as their focus, and created their own interpretation of it. This was the assignment: PBT La Música 2013.
With this unit, I give the only “test” of the year, which is essentially identifying the geographical and historical points for the 3 countries studied in depth, identifying positive and negative vocabulary, choosing their own vocabulary to show me what they have learned, writing what they know about Juanes, and using the lyrics of the songs to support the themes of the unit. The last part of the “test” is to let me know what they may have gotten from this unit. Here are some of their responses.
Additionally, I had some students create extra things, and I had one class, my smallest, ask to create their own Bandera de Manos. I’m posting some of the projects below as well as pictures of the Bandera de Manos and some shirts that students created.