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El Perdón by Nicky Jam 6-day Activity Packet

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This is a 6-day packet to teach the song El Perdón. There are lesson plans for how I use these resources and slides are included. The song featured is El Perdón by Nicky Jam (featuring Enrique Iglesias). I used these activities to introduce the present progressive.

Activities include-
1) Teaching the chorus of the song (Introduction to present progressive)
2) Word Cloud Listening Activity
3) Cloze passage
4) Create your own lyrics activity for individual work or groups
5) Story inspired by Nicky Jam's experience of being discovered at his job at a supermarket
6) Story review activity- "Write, Draw, Share"
7) Reading on the artist Nicky Jam

These activities would be great for 2nd semester Spanish 1 or Spanish 2

Target Structures include:
- está bailando
- está gritando
- está tomando

Review for structures like:
- tiene que
- puede
- ayuda
- busca
- quiere ser
- baila
- grita

When do I teach this unit?

I use Martina Bex’s curriculum. I teach this song after Storytelling Unit 08: La comida latina and use it to teach the present progressive tense. I also recommend Martina Bex’s notes and activities for the present progressive tense.


How do I address “tomando” which in the song means “drinking” (implied alcohol)?

In my class we have already learned “toma” which they know to mean “he/she takes” OR “he/she drinks” I go over “tomando” before looking at the lyrics, and I do not mention alcohol. I let them choose which meaning to draw in their dictionary, and we discuss either or both. Later when we go over the lyrics, I tell them what it means in the context of the song. Then, we talk about good and bad decisions for when you are upset. We come up with better ideas. (exercising, talking to a friend, listening to music etc.) When it comes to“Como un loco tomando” while singing, we switch out the “oh” at the end of the phrase for a more responsible drink like Coca-Cola, leche, jugo or Fanta. It becomes fun to add in a different drink each time we sing.
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