In Spanish 2, my students will be creating videos this week. This is essentially going to be both a reading and listening activity.
My students studied the legend of La Llorona, reading/viewing 2 different versions of the story. Later in the semester, they learned the Greek myth of Athena and Arachne and we compared to the Mayan myth of how the goddess Ix Chel taught the Mayan women how to weave after she observed spiders weaving.
Now my students are going to learn 6 more myths/legends/traditional stories and create a video about ONE of them each. First, I typed up a short and simple version of each of the stories I had chosen.
I put out a call for help on twitter as well as on the “More TPRS” Yahoo group I belong to. As a result, I had several different native Spanish speakers volunteer to call my Google Voice number and record themselves reading one or more of the stories that I had shared via a Google Doc.
Did you know you can download Google Voice messages as mp3 files? Oh yes!
The next steps will be:
Students will listen to all of the recordings in class and predict in writing what they think each legend is about.
Students will receive a copy of one of the legends to read individually. They will “talk to the text” and mark it up with their thoughts, impressions, and understandings.
Students will then confer with larger groups of students who read the same legend and add to their notes.
Students will then jigsaw and share their legends with a group of students who each read different legends.
THEN, students will discover which of the six legends they have been assigned to.
Students will use the native speakers’ voice recordings as the soundtrack, and will create a video providing visual support for the soundtrack.
I will share the final video projects on youtube for all of you teachers out there to enjoy!