The Latin Grammy event is November 17, 2016! Do this activity before then.
This activity gets students interested in the most current music styles and artists of Latin America. Students will learn about the Latin Grammies, listen to a variety of music (computers, youtube access, and headphones required), and then vote on who they think should win. Encourage students to watch the event on TV - November 17th on Univision or online for free.
The videos in the list that I've compiled for their viewing are all pre-viewed and acceptable for MS/HS students to watch. I have weeded out the girls in bikinis or scenes that are too sexual and picked videos that are either live versions or other versions that are just the music with a picture displayed or lyrics. Some original videos are appropriate, however. Remind the students that they are not judging the quality of the videos, rather the music itself. *FYI: I have left in a couple videos with kissing that isn't "making out", one of which is two girls kissing but is in a song about equality and how we're not all that different from each other, race and sex aside (Diego Torres' "Iguales").
Students will also research online about one type of music genre (picked from a list). They will research to learn how the genre came about. Finally, students will compare and contrast the music they heard and researched with the music of their own culture.
A rubric is included for easy grading.
The worksheet is a Word doc that you can modify to fit your student's needs.