Recently, I scoured the Internet for songs from artists in our main countries of study. Spanish 2 has Perú as we are studying Los Baker van a Perú, and I just happened to stumble upon the song Siempre más fuerte by Leslie Shaw. The timing could not be better! As you may know, March 8th was International Women’s Day. So this song fit two bills for me: she is Peruvian and she is singing about a recent/relevant event.
So here is what we did:
1. Students read a combination of what Shaw wrote on her Facebook page and the information in the video description. Students answered comprehension questions. On question 5, I asked students about the title, Siempre más fuerte, and asked who they thought would be stronger in the song: man or woman. It was interesting to hear their responses!
2. We went over some new vocabulary. I felt like I pulled out too much here, but I am just so in love with this song’s message that I did not want students to miss out!
3. Students then wrote about a woman who was important in their life.
4. Students listened to the song, completing a cloze activity.
Here are some ideas on how to expand this and create a “Día Internacional de la Mujer” unit/lesson:
1. Explore the women of this “Mujeres Pioneras” Infograph
2. Have students create a Google art, representing women. Then show them the ones Google actually created.
3. Have students compare the song with Esto es la Guerra by Bulldog.
4. Explore what kinds of articles are written for women by searching elPopular.pe’s links related to this day.
I would love to further expand this idea for next year. I will be collecting resources on my Pinterest Board: Español- el día de la mujer. If you have any ideas, feel free to share them in the comments below!