To kick off our bullfighting unit, we began by learning about the bull (el toro).
Day 1: Introducing El Toro. Here was the lesson plan:
– El Pollito Pío was playing as students walked in. We’ve previously used the song and I wanted to help jog my students’ memories about animals and their sounds.
– Begin by filling out a KWL Chart about bullfighting. It’s super basic but here’s mine.
– Have a 20-25 minute conversation in Spanish about bulls. I told students that the purpose of this chat was for them to be able to define/describe a bull in Spanish. Here are the discussion questions I tried to get in there.
– Complete a worksheet about Las Partes del Toro in Spanish. I had a couple of variations of this for my different groups. On one version I had lines for the parts that I wanted students to label and they copied my notes and another just had the image of the bull and we filled in what parts were important by using this website (which is interactive).
Day 2: Reviewing El Toro. Here was the lesson plan:
– Cierto-Falso – I had a few sentences type up about bulls and students had to tell me if they were true or false.
– We played “Put the horns on the bull” (but in Spanish of course!). I traced this cartoon bull on to bulletin board paper and had students cut out their own horns. To enhance this, we talked about the words “olé” and how Spaniards will use “Viva” and “Bravo” during the match. We practiced a little, and students then used these terms during the game. It was quite fun to see who students trusted!
– After the game was done, I had the bull’s body parts written on separate pieces of paper. We reviewed the parts, described where they were, differentiated if humans had it (for example, humans have “piernas” and animals have “patas” – which are legs for you non-Spanish speaking people), and students placed the parts where they belonged.
Making this better:
I have two ideas to make this better. The first is to use the children’s book Ferdinand with the “kindergarden method.” Essentially this is when you use the images from the children’s book and speak about the images in it. The second is to use one of those animal hats during the lesson. I found a basic one on Amazon here and I hope to buy it to re-enact a mild version of a bullfight after we learn about the toreros.
Here’s my disclaimer in here: I am not a bullfighting expert! While creating this unit I am applying what I learned during my time abroad in Burgos, Spain as well as learning along with my students. If you notice an error in any of these works, please contact me so I can correct it!