I'm completely obsessed with Bomba Estéreo's new song 'Soy yo'!
I originally found out about the song through Kara Jacobs' awesome blog. I used Kara's story as a starting point, but I changed the language to better fit the needs of my 7th graders. After I wrote the story I took screen shots of the video and added text to the images (at this point my students didn't know that the images were from a music video.) You can download a pdf version of the story below.
After reading the story together in class the students watched the video for música miércoles. It was so fun to see the surprised looks on their faces when they saw that the story we had read was actually a music video!
After watching the video we played "Who would say it?". I gave students quotes and they had to decide which character would say them. Below are a few examples that I used during the activity.
I was inspired by Carol Gaab's Higher Order Thinking (HOT) presentation at Comprehensible Midwest for this activity. Students have to use inference to determine if Las chicas or Carmen would say each quote. These quotes also lead to great PQA (personalized questions and answers) discussions. Do you know someone that looks at you with a lot of attitude? Why? How do you react?
Students also created a comic documenting what Carmen did later that night after she went home with her dad. After writing their ideas in the four squares of the comic, the students illustrated their work. When they finished creating their comics I posted them around the room and we had a gallery walk where the students walked around the room and read their classmate's work. If you are trying to target specific vocabulary words you can ask that they include those words in the comic, or you can give them more freedom and have them use whatever words they choose.