sábado, 11 de marzo de 2017

Recursos para 3 Bellezas

Image result for 3 bellezasAs I wrote in a recent post, I am very excited to use the movie 3 Bellezas in my AP class to touch on the theme of Belleza y Estética. I created a 95 slide presentation that summarizes the movie with screenshots (see below) over a period of 5-6 days. I think of the the presentation as a basic "picture book" that summarizes the movie. Students read it aloud in groups (they sit in groups of 3) and then they get to watch and listen to the authentic resource. There are also some personalized questions that students will discuss in their grupitos. Thanks to Arianne Dowd for adding some of those! I did something very similar with the movie Diamantes Negros and that unit went very well! 

The slideshow is written in very comprehensible Spanish; it could probably be used in a level 3 class, but I am not sure if I would use this movie with sophomores. I am sharing it for free here. I also created this doc with the text of the slideshow that students will go over and fill in for homework after watching parts of the movie. 

This is my plan for what I will do with this movie:
  • Ongoing throughout unit- interpretive reading activities for authentic articles (these can be found in the unit packet on TPT). These are the articles:
    • La película que satiriza la "obsesión" de los venezolanos con la belleza
    • ¿Por qué las venezolanas se hacen tanto la cirugía estética?  
    • Venezuela, el país de las reinas de belleza donde escasea hasta el maquillaje
    • Artículo de La Nación (Argentina): Sin corona: los concursos de belleza, cada vez más resistidos
  • Watch some clips of two documentaries (BBC: Extreme Beauty Queens, Netflix: To Be a Miss and Viceland Venezuela) 
  • Do one question a day from this video (the fourth woman gets asked the same question that Estefanía gets in the contest, might be good to watch that right before that scene)
  • Ongoing: In groups of 3-4, students read slideshow aloud (as a preview). Then, we watch segments of movie. Then, students do segments of this doc for homework.
  • Seminario Socrático (this can be found in the unit packet on TPT) as final assessment
  • I also have some resources from our Temas textbook
  • I might use 2-3 songs: Mantra by Pamela Rodríguez, and either Caótica Belleza by Esteman ft. Natalia Lafourcade, Antipatriarca by Ana Tijoux by Ana Tijoux, or Soy yo by Bomba Estéreo. These songs present different perspectives about la belleza than that of the movie. 
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Arianne Dowd also made this slideshow that will be  good accompaniment (click here to make a copy):


sábado, 4 de marzo de 2017

La Belleza y La Estética: 3 Bellezas

Image result for 3 bellezasI love it when I find a good movie that fits perfectly into an upcoming unit! I just watched the movie "3 Bellezas" and I am definitely going to use it in my AP class for the "La Belleza y La Estética" unit. It is available for free if you have Amazon Prime. Unfortunately the only subtitles are in English, but I still think there is value in watching it with those subtitles. I am considering watching some segments without any subtitles, but I need to rewatch and choose those carefully.

I bought this guía de preguntas that I will use for class discussion. And I am also coming up with some of my own materials to use with the movie. We will definitely do a Seminario Socrático after watching this movie, because I think my students will have a lot to say about it. I particularly like this discussion question: Compara las perspectivas de la belleza de las canciones "Mantra" y "Soy yo" con las de la película "3 Bellezas."

The movie might not be appropriate for all ages, but I have juniors and seniors in my AP class so they will be fine with it. The movie is mostly appropriate (with one part at 47 minutes that I will definitely skip and maybe a couple of others). Here is the trailer:


This short video will be a good accompaniment.  


jueves, 2 de marzo de 2017

Los Secretos de un Curandero

Artículo de VeinteMundos
As I have mentioned before, I love the articles on VeinteMundos! They cover such a wide variety of cultural products, practices, and perspectives from different countries.

In my AP class, we are about to start our unit called "El cuidado de la salud y la medicina," so I have created this cloze and comprehension guide (feel free to make a copy and make changes) to go along with the article/audio "Los Secretos de un Curandero" from VeinteMundos. Previously, I had students read the article and answer questions, but now they will have to listen, read along, and answer questions. I like this article because it shows lots of cultural products, practices, and perspectives that students may not be familiar with. It will be interesting to see the comparisons that they make.

The song of the week will be "La Curandera" by Elastic Bond (and here is a quick little slideshow to illustrate some of the vocabulary in the song). 


In addition to using two articles from VeinteMundos (el cuy and los curanderos) as resources for specific units in my AP class, every other week my students have to read/listen to an article of their choice from that site, fill in this form (created by Ann Mar), and give a two minute cultural comparison. This is to prepare them for the cultural comparison part of the AP exam. They are doing an excellent job comparing and contrasting the cultural topics with aspects of their own culture.