Many Spanish teachers are rightly excited about this movie that’s based on Colombia and how we can incorporate it into the classroom.
Here’s are some options for using with your Spanish classes including our ready-to-implement lesson:
I’ve taken the character posters and put each one onto a slide. I’ve printed them as a handout and passed them out to students for them to take notes on. Different options you can choose to do:
- Have students write physical descriptions of the characters in Spanish. What color hair do they have? Are they young/old? What physical attributes are evident?
- Orally dictate information about the characters for students to write down. What is their name? What is their special talent? What is their relationship in to the main character?
Have students write predictions. Based on the image, what do you think is special about the character. What do you think they will do in the movie?
Want something ready to use with no prep? Purchase our filled in Notes of character descriptions.
Includes vocabulary common to Spanish 1 classes:
-Relationships (Es la hermana de….)
-Descriptions (Tiene pelo negro y corto)
-Sentences with Puede and Verbs (Puede levantar carros)
-Body Parts (Tiene brazos grandes/musculosos)
Then watch the Trailers:
Check out Youtube for other trailers/clips and other videos that talk about the movie. For example, this video, 10 Referencias típicas de Colombia en Encanto, shows how the movie incorporates real places and culture from Colombia comparing images from the movie to actual photos of the items. There are many similar videos. Here’s a few others:
–Cosas que no sabias sobre Colombia que salen en Encanto
–10 cosas que nos gustaron en el traler de Encanto
Instead of a video, here’s an article,
Tinto, arepa y todo lo colombiano que tiene la película
After our class discussion, as an exit slip I had students write what they learned about Colombia. I posted the image on twitter and it went viral on social media…becoming a news story in Colombia [Noticias Caracol: El efecto ‘Encanto’ en EE.UU.]
Here’s an exit slip you can download for FREE (both English and Spanish versions): Colombia_Exit_Ticket. When you get them back, post them online and tag us @SpanishPlans so we can re-share.
As a Madrigal myself, this movie has even more significance for me and will be part of my Spanish classes this year. Even more so since my son owns a coffee farm in Colombia called Finca Madrigal and married a Colombian girl a year ago. Looking forward to scanning your lesson ideas.