Song of the Week with a Lesson

I love using music in the classroom but when the video has a great theme, it is an added bonus! I saw the video for Cali y el Dandee’s Sirena and it was so sweet that I knew I needed to create something to not only discuss sign language but also language in general.  Does a language need to be “spoken” to be considered a language?  In this unit we watch the video for Sirena, talk about sign language and learn some signs, discuss whether coding should be considered for world language credit, and even learn about mythical sirens!  From a movie talk to all the cultural connections, this week long unit is perfect any time of year!

My focus structures were se da cuenta, trata de, de nuevo, and aprende.  The thing I love about movie talks is that if you have different targets, it is really easy to adjust the questions you ask using your own choice of words/verb chunks!

TPT sale continues today, May 9, so snatch this (and any units you need for the new year) up while it’s discounted! Nothing makes me feel more excited about a new year than going back with new ideas!

Thank you so much for all your support!

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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","Bananas", "Sostenible", and "Papálotl" 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

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