My International Baccalaureate Spanish 1 students are nearing the end of their year long course, and as you could imagine, they are quite excited for the summer break. As we near the end of our school year, we are reviewing for finals and studying our comprehensible Spanish I novel by Carol Gibb, Esperanza, which has my students quite engaged in the story of the struggles of a Guatemalan family that immigrates to the United States in the 1990's.
As we finish our latest song warm up and exam cycle, (Latinoamérica, by Calle 13, which fits directly into the themes in our current novel), I have been searching for a song that relates to my student's summer-is-around-the-corner mentality.
One song that caught my ear (and my eye, with a beautiful music video) is the January 2017 release El Amante, by Boston native Nicky Jam. Nicky jam grew up in Boston with his Dominican mother and Puerto Rican father, but moved to San Juan with his family at age 10. This move helped to inspire his Reggeaton-based tunes. Discovered in a supermarket by a scout at age 11, Nicky Jam has been working on his musical career ever since, collaborating with artists such as Daddy Yankee as well as Enrique Iglesias, his partner for his most recent hit, El Perdón.
If you are interested in teaching El Amante by Nicky Jam, please follow this link for the song warm-up resource at The Immersive Classroom through TpT.
Please follow this link for the song exam resource at The Immersive Classroom through TpT.
Or, if you are interested in both resources, follow this link for the song exam resource and warm-up resource at The Immersive Classroom through TpT.
The music video can be found on youtube by following this link. For instructions on how to teach a song through the song warm-up process in your classroom, follow this link.
And, for the next two days, I am throwing a sale at my TpT store! In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, all resources in my store for the next two days are 20% off.
Enjoy, and happy teaching!
My name is Katherine Lupton and I am an International Baccalaureate Spanish teacher at Baltimore City College High School, a public school in Baltimore, MD. As a student of the public school system myself, I am an advocate for quality education in public schools and work to assure all of my students have access to opportunities to succeed. This website represents a collection of my favorite lesson plans, service learning projects, and travel stories. I hope it will service as a resource for other Spanish teachers around the world.