Need new ways to teach reading in the target language? Using songs as authentic texts is a great tool for all levels of language learning. This packet has everything you need for a complete reading lesson using the song “Duerme, Negrito” made popular by Mercedes Sosa. (The song can be found free online by doing a quick search on YouTube). This is a beautiful children’s song that students of all ages are sure to enjoy! The activities take students through the pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading processes that are necessary to fully understand, interpret, and personalize a text (in this case, the text being a song). There is a detailed lesson plan that guides you, the teacher, on how to make the most out of these activities.
This is a lesson I created to use with my Spanish II students during a unit on childhood; however, this song and lesson would work great for higher levels of Spanish as well. I teach on a 50 minute class period schedule, and this lesson typically takes three to four days. My students absolutely love it and sing the song the rest of the year!
My favorite part about this lesson is that students are never asked to translate the song. All of the activities in the packet, as well as my instruction during the lesson, are done completely in Spanish. Therefore, while staying in the target language, students discover for themselves the deeper meaning of the song.
The packet has a total of 23 pages broken down as follows:
Detailed Lesson Plan for teacher to follow – 3 pages
Category cards to use during pre-reading activity – 4 pages
Student activity sheets – 7 pages
Three student writing samples – 3 pages
Answer key for student activity sheets – 6 pages
I have taught this lesson many times, and it is one of my favorites. If you have any questions about the lesson plans or activities, please message me and let me know. I’ll be glad to help!