I spend 2 weeks on this as a short unit "el norte" that includes him viewing and activities with a final, short assignment handed in. It can easily become 2 weeks+ so it helps to have structured activities.
I think that the value in the activities provided here is being able to copy and modify the simple but effective writing activities.
includes: film synopsis with comprehension q's in English, (rest in Spanish) Spanish vocabulary list, 2 versions of a crossword puzzle for vocab, teacher's dictation and student writing activities, questions for further research with links to frontline, npr and other free content
Document is 8 pages Pages are tightly filled but stable...IF they should shift you would probably need to move back a line on one page, likely the page before the word puzzles.
These teacher's activity notes are provided inside document:
TEACHER’S NOTES FOR ACTIVITIES
First pages: synopsis and student's notes on movie / This is really just a general about-the-film-activity.
Pages 4-5-6 2 versions of same crossword puzzle, AND the 15 phrases I give as a fill-in-the-blank dictation, 5 at a time, after each of the 3 parts of the film.: I have students trained to copy dictations like this as short writing activities. I read the first part, they have to understand and write it, and they have to finish the sentence. This can all be done in class and if time allows students can be funneled into groups to write down a second version of the activity: The groups’ best sentence from among the students or a sentence that combines elements of more than one sentence (produced by students in the group.)
Top pg. 7 has a neat idea for writing: combine given words to create sentences…mimicking the process that students go through—think of some key words, but then have to put them together coherently. Bottom page 7 is an option for further investigation and these links could be provided as resources. Teacher would need understanding of the proxy war context…the extension of cold war conflict to central America (and most of latin America at different points) in which the USSR financed communist inspired rebels and the USA financed and trained “stable” oppressive military regimes.
Cool link to NPR Story on US / Mexican border
Page 8 is the vocabulary list that I gave to students for the 1.5 weeklong el norte writng and discussion unit. The whole viewing and activities with final writing activity took 2 weeks.
4th link: writing statements on el norte.
Last year as a final assessment I took student to computers and had them type and submit 10 great sentences from their notes on EL NORTE (it was a paragraph for honors) This can be 10 sentences on what happens and what they learned in the film, or a 10-sentence paragraph. I taught them to change the editing language to Spanish in Microsoft word or other program, add accents with accent codes, and not to try using a translator. The sentences they wrote are built from their notes in the writing activities provided here. While the teacher should look at and hear students’ work in class the only corrected and quiz graded work from this for me was the final typed 10 sentence paragraph, which reflected well progress made on the topic and writing activities.