Snapchat with Frida Kahlo Novel

We started our study of Frida Kahlo and the selfie yesterday.  I own the TG and a class set of novels and I am excited about all of the things that are already at my fingertips to make this novel successful… but I also wanted to integrate something that would leave a lasting impression on my students.  Something that they will remember every time they see an image of Frida!

Meredith White and Kristy Placido had me wanting to create a class Snapchat and this novel was the PERFECT place to bring it in!  It is great because they can all send me snaps and can see my story @wildcat_Spanish but I don’t follow them so I don’t have to worry about seeing something I shouldn’t!

I took the novel and looked at the content in each chapter.  For our introductory day, we were looking at 4 of Frida’s “selfies”… After we saw and discussed these autorretratos, I asked students to take a selfie that was a clear reproduction of one of these paintings.

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Today, after reading chapter 1, we focused on transportation.  Frida Kahlo’s father came to Mexico from Germany by boat. Their task this evening is to take a picture with a means of transportation.

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The rest of the novel includes:

Ch 1 Selfie w transportation (Guillermo came to Mexico on a ship)

Ch 2 Selfie w a member of your immediate fam (Guillermo loses and gains a wife)

Ch 3 Selfie w favorite comfort food when you’re sick (Frida gets polio)

Ch 4 Selfie of part you’re self conscious about (Frida’s “pata de palo”)

Ch 5 Selfie w something that represents a parent’s job (Frida takes pics w dad)

Ch 6 Selfie w your pet (Frida has a pet mouse)

Ch 7 Selfie with besties (Frida’s besties are the Cachuchas)

Ch 8 Selfie con tu amor (can be a star or something silly) (Frida falls in love with Alejandro)

Ch 9 Selfie en el centro (Frida goes downtown with Alejandro and catches the trolley)

Ch 10 Selfie de un cicatriz (Frida’s accident)

Ch 11 Selfie con una persona con quien NO debes casarte  (Frida y Diego)

Ch 12 Selfie en ropa rara (Frida dresses like la China Poblana)

Ch 13 Selfie con una cita que te guste (This chapter includes a great Frida quote)

Epilogo Selfie con tu casa (Museo casa azul)

I kept putting off getting a class Snapchat because it was new to me and I am always a little afraid!  I do not regret that I did it.  Today was only the first “reveal” day of the images and it really was special to see how much they loved seeing each other! Feel free to use our same selfie guidelines and join us or create your own!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at gmail.com.

9 thoughts

  1. Maybe have students create a Smashbook as an end of the novel project? My students are doing one on Piratas y el mapa secreto. Martina Vez has a great example.

  2. Do you have each person direct message you the photo? Then, you have to add each person and screenshot each picture and then add it to your story? Just checking to see if that is what you are doing or if there is another easier way.

    1. They can follow me without me following them. They can either snap or chat it to me and I screenshot them add to my story!

  3. I would like to try this with Instagram. My school frowns on our use of SnapChat with students. I have been able to use Instagram.

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