Pelotero Movie Guide for Black History Month Spanish class deportes unit

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This editable Pelotero movie guide is designed for Spanish students while watching the film Pelotero (Ballplayer) in Spanish class. The documentary Ballplayer would be the perfect complement to a study of the deportes/ sports unit in Spanish class, Afro-Latinx, Black History Month, andthe Dominican Republic, or to complement the book Felipe Alou from Fluency Matters/ Wayside Publishing.

What's Included in this Editable Pelotero Movie Guide

English Pelotero Movie Guide - 3 pages all Google Editable

  • ✅ Page 1 - 2 main characters of Pelotero comparison chart in English
  • ✅ Page 2 - 15 comprehension questions in ENGLISH + 2 post-viewing in Spanish 
  • ✅ Page 3 - 10 character identification in English - 2 versions (could be assessment)

Spanish Pelotero Movie Guide - 3 pages all Google Editable

  • ✅ Page 1 - Jean Carlos Batista o Miguel Angel Sanó comparison chart in Spanish 
  • ✅ Page 2 - 15 comprehension questions in SPANISH +  2 post-viewing in Spanish
  • ✅ Page 3 - 10 character identification in Spanish - 2 versions (could be assessment)

Movie guide Keys for all six pages of the Pelotero Guide included

Where to find Pelotero (Ballplayer)?

  • The documentary Pelotero can be purchased on Youtube, Amazon, or on DVD. Check your local public library for a free rental!
  • It has a run time of 117 minutes - great for a sub plan for 2 typical class periods.

What is Pelotero rated & what ages is it appropriate for?

  • The documentary Pelotero is not rated, but I would say it is PG. I have personally used the film Ballplayer 6+ times with grades 9-12. I would say the interest & appropriation level to grades 7-12 & I would not use it for younger than that.
  • There are a couple of profanity words used & I have noted the time stamp in the teacher's instructions if you want to skip them.
  • The documentary Pelotero would be perfect for Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, Spanish 4, exploratory Spanish, or a Latin American culture class. The differentiated options mean you could use variations of this one Pelotero guide with all levels you teach.

What audio and subtitles should I use for Pelotero? 

  • For most versions, I have found of this film the audio is in a mix of Spanish & English with English subtitles already included. Even with upper levels, I would keep the subtitles with this particular film due to heavy accents and lots of slang.

Center on Black & Brown voices in your Spanish class

  • Pelotero would be a great movie to show during Black History Month to focus on the accomplishments of Afro-Latinos from the Dominican Republic or to complement the study of Afro-Latinx people in Spanish class all year.

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ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

  • ✅ Interpretive Communication
  • ✅ Presentational Communication
  • ✅ Relating Cultural Practices to Perspectives
  • ✅ Relating Cultural Products to Perspectives
  • ✅ Acquiring Information and Diverse Perspectives
  • ✅ Cultural Comparisons


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