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The Book of Life Novice Spanish Class movie guide for El Libro de Vida

Grade Levels
6th - 10th
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  • Word Document File
2 pages

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This is a movie guide for El Libro de Vida (The Book of Life) in Spanish class. This guide includes space for character descriptions, listening comprehension in English, and "who said it" questions. It would make a great addition to a Day of the Dead unit, or as a sub plan for Spanish 1, Spanish 2 or middle school exploratory Spanish.

The film The Book of Life is set in Mexico and can be found on DVD in both English and Spanish. Check your public library to borrow it for free! It is also currently on Disney+ The movie is originally in English, but on most DVDs you can change the language to Spanish. Also, you can chose if you want to use subtitles in English or Spanish depending on what level you are showing the film in.

Make sure to get a DVD with Spanish audio & subtitles if you want them! As always, do what works best for your school and classes. Here it what I personally do:

  • Spanish audio & Spanish subtitles - upper level students 
  • Spanish audio & English subtitles - novice level students
  • English audio - exploratory Spanish or culture class

70+ 5 star ratings for this free movie guide

  • Thank you SO much for doing this! I watch this movie twice a year with my introduction to Spanish class (it's a semester long). We watch it during El Día de los Muertos (sem. 1) and Cinco de Mayo (sem. 2). This is a great guide and will keep them on their toes! For my students who are fluent in Spanish, I will request that they answer the questions in Spanish. For those who are beginning, I am going to go over the questions in Spanish and how to answer them. There are so many ways to differentiate this activity. Thank you so much for this resource! - Justina

  • This is going to be great to use next week when my second semester students view this movie. Thanks for the generosity in offering this for free! :) - Amy

  • I'm using this right now after learning about and celebrating Day of the Dead. Many times I like the students to just watch the movie, but this is an excellent alternative and keeps them focused while watching. - Christian W

  • This is great! I love that it is easily differentiated for different levels of students. My Spanish 1 kids don't know a ton of Spanish but they can easily describe people and places :) Thank you for sharing this product for free! - Tiffany

**Please note, due the free nature of this guide, an answer key is not included. Honestly, I do just use the guide as something to keep the students engaged and do not actually grade it in correctness. It is about discussion and and completion.

It is adapted with permission from a great upper level guide in Spanish from Kara Jacobs that can be found at Kara Jacobs Guide


More Day of the Dead & Mexico resources you may enjoy:

- Find Someone Who - Day of the Dead

- Para Empezar - Day of the Dead

- Cultural Reading: Mexico - including Geography & Day of the Dead


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- El camino de Xico - Movie Guide

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- Dora & the lost City of Gold - Movie Guide

- The Book of Life - Movie Guide

- Canela - Movie Guide


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Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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