Have a blast with students by watching Europe's version of American Idol! As a yearly tradition, countries send their favorite artists to perform live and viewers vote for their favorite. Eurovision has been around for 60 years to promote European solidarity by celebrating the continent's individuality.
Airing each year in May, this is the most recent Eurovision. The program is hosted in English. This handout includes a Europe map matching activity, cultural questions, a Leaderboard activity for students to rate and keep track of performances and an answer key.
This is a GREAT activity for the chaotic times before or after a holiday or school break, or at the end of the school year to promote cultural awareness. This is also a great capstone activity following a unit on Europe or in your World Language classroom. Also, if your school's substitutes have computer and internet accessibility, this makes an amazing sub plan.
*Teacher must have accessibility to YouTube in the classroom*
This lesson can take anywhere from 2 days to a week, depending on whether you jump around the performances or watch the whole thing.
Americans students are often guilty of "isolationism" and this activity will help to open their minds and appreciate other cultures. Your students will be asking to replay their favorite artists in no time and singing the lyrics :)
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