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Coco in Spanish Class

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Coco in Spanish Class

Spanish teachers have been talking about Coco since the first trailer was released years ago. Once it was in theaters the rave reviews started. Now that it is out on DVD and is Academy Award winning, it is everywhere. Teachers everywhere can not wait to use the beautiful stories, themes, images and music that is a part of this wonderful movie. I watched the movie Friday night for family movie night, and by Sunday I had a Movie Guide for Coco. When I first created it, I had novice Spanish in mind, but then later added questions in Spanish as well. (If you got it right away, make sure to get the most recent download). 

The guide I made is for actually watching the movie, with some additional character description, identification, and a post viewing discussion and character matching, which could be used as an assessment. I created it with the intention that I could use variations for every level I teach. As a #deptof1 I like to create differentiated activities that work for all levels. 

What audio, subtitles & guide should I use?

I bought the DVD from Target and it has options for both English and Spanish audio, as well as English and Spanish subtitles. (Be careful that many digital versions just have English). Here is how I see using the movie in my Spanish classesPlease do whatever works best for you and your students to meet them where they are at.

Upper Level Spanish - Spanish audio with Spanish subtitles. Spanish version of guide. 
(pre-teaching and pausing to discuss and check for comprehension)

Spanish 2 - Spanish audio. English version of guide to check for comprehension. 
(English subtitles if with a sub or very early in the year, Spanish subtitles if watching with me pre-teaching and pausing to discuss)

Spanish 1 - Spanish audio with English subtitles. English version of guide. 

Exploratory - English audio with English subtitles. English version of guide. 
(Using as a tool to discuss culture and the day of the Dead in Spanish). 

A whole Coco Unit
What we use for subtitles will also depend on if we are using the movie as a whole unit. Using the great materials below from others could easily create a full unit. I would do these activities before watching. 

Coco Trailer activities (Arianne Dowd)
Intro the movie with many activities focusing on the trailer and the cultural components. 

la cena de Dante (Aprendemos Juntos)
Movie Talk this animated short

Coco Family Tree (Arianne Dowd)
Work on describing family, while connecting to the movie. 

Read articles from El Mundo en tus manos about the film, as discuss the culture of Mexico found in the film, and complete stations as well. 

This would be a great authentic resource to describe facts relating to the books, as well as characters. 

Then we would finally enjoy the movie. 

Coco in Spanish Class

Upper Level Class Unit
If you are looking for a full unit for upper levels, then check out these resources from the awesome Kara Jacobs. 

More Day of the Dead resources
To expand this movie into a deeper exploration of Día de los Muertos, check out the resources below. 

Novice reading to introduce Mexico and the Day of the Dead

you could compare and contrast the two movies!

Tumba - Novel by Mira Canion
Next year instead of The Book of Life, we will do Coco as a part of our Tumba unit in Spanish 1. 

Finally here are all posts with the label Day of the Dead

Coco in Spanish Class

What other great resources have you found for Coco? Please share in the comments so I can add them!

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