One of my favorite things to do is create lessons that combine vocabulary, grammar, and culture into a meaningful context. For this lesson, being that it is the day before Thanksgiving, I wanted to focus on showing my Spanish 2 students some ways that they could express thanks or gratitude in Spanish that went beyond the simple "gracias" they bring with them from Spanish 1.
In recent years, I have become a fan of Wisin y Yandel, a great Puerto Rican reggaeton duo. One of my favorite songs that they sing is called "Gracias a Ti" and is all about giving thanks to those around them that have contributed to their success. Puerto Rico is also the only Spanish-speaking country / commonwealth that celebrates the holiday of Thanks giving.
We will start out with a quick discussion on the history of Thanksgiving and then I will transition them into thinking about how that history impacts the Spanish-speaking world. I am hoping to lead them to draw their own conclusions as to who celebrates this holiday and where. Next, I will play the video for them and ask them to tell me what they think the song is going to be about. We will do a cloze activity to practice listening and a lyric identification activity to practice reading. When all that is done, I will ask them to adapt lines of the song to use in self-written "thank you" notes to friends, family, and (*gasp*) teachers. Once we have that down, we will look at the similarities and differences between the typical American Thanksgiving and the typical Puerto Rican one through the use of a short reading and a venn diagram.
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