I use these videos and discussions to teach cultural awareness and encourage students to be informed of real happenings in the Spanish-speaking world.
This document first begins with explaining how students can create a "pasaporte." This is optional, but I like to have my students do this so that they have something physical in front of them as they watch the videos. The students create the pasaporte to hold index cards. Each time we watch a video, the students fill out an index card with specific country information and record 2 or 3 facts they learned from the video.
The rest of the document is a compilation of over 13 videos and discussion questions for various countries in the Spanish-speaking world. Some videos are brief and light-hearted and cover topics like tourism and the tango. Others are more serious and discuss topics like pollution, diversity, and immigration. All are appropriate for 5th-8th grade students, though the later videos I usually do with 6th graders and up.
1. In the video about immigration to Chile, the subtitles include the "s-word."
2. In the second Mexico discussion, there is a slide about Catholic Social Teachings, as I teach in a Catholic school.
3. All videos are MLA cited at the end of the document.