We often listen to Spanish music in my classroom. As students come into class and start on their bellwork or as they are working on certain activities, I will frequently have the CD player with some Juanes or Jesse & Joy, or some other latin artists. The students have come to love the music and even request particular songs from time to time. Other times, we do listening activities where the students fill in blanks to the lyrics of a song, put cut-up strips of the lyrics back in order, or listen for particular words. Sometimes we even watch the video (love not having Youtube blocked!!)
What can I say? I am a huge advocate for music in the classroom. So I came up with the the following assignment as a way to get students to explore some other songs that they might not get a chance to listen to in class. With the availability of music through the Internet and Youtube, our students have the ability to seek out and listen to many different types of music. The assignment is simple: have students look up 5 different latin artists and then choose one to look up the lyrics for. I have them look at the lyrics and fill in the assignment on a basic 3×5 notecard.
For the above image plus a list of various artists, view the PDF.