School starts in just a few days. For the first time, I’m going to be starting the school year with the novel Esperanza by Carol Gaab. There are some superb lesson plans and activities that have been developed by Martina Bex and Profe Hanson. I will be using a lot of their material, but I’m also going to be creating some of my own….particularly dealing with music, and for this book, music from Guatemala.
I absolutely love the voice and music of Gaby Moreno. She has a beautiful song called Ave que emigra, that I believe will help me transition into the central issue of immigration, reasons and causes.
I have developed activities that are designed to be done over at least two days. Our work with the song will begin with watching the first minute of it and identifying what is seen. It will continue with some ordering of the first two verses, some comprehension questions for those verses, a short cloze activity, some discussion with a partner, a retell in your own words, some work with synonyms and antonyms, interpretation of the title of the song, a reflection of the significance of the title in English, and drawing of choice lyrics. If you would like to see the document, here it is: Ave Que Emigra por Gaby Moreno.