Carnival in the Spanish Classroom
This is my first full year teaching high school Spanish. The last time I taught Spanish, it was the fall semester. We did the celebrations for La Tomatina and Día de los Muertos. Because I’ve never taught Spanish in the spring, I’m learning new celebrations that we can add to our culture studies. This year, I’m going to work with my students to learn more about Carnival (or Carnaval). To do so, I’ve researched resources and ideas for celebrating in the classroom.
To start, I want my students to understand the background of Carnival.
Then, we’re going to look closer at one of the most famous celebrations in Latin America: Barranquilla, Colombia:
I think it’s important for my students to also hear the music from the cultures we’re studying, so I plan to show them the 2019 official Carnival video, “Pura Alegría:”
And what is a culture celebration without crafts? High schoolers love crafts more than folks give them credit for! Every time I pull out crayons or scissors, they have the most fun.
I found this awesome site with a template for making a mask. I ran to the dollar store and found some glitter gems, feathers, and popsicle sticks for the students to make them really fancy:
I hope my students enjoy the celebration as much as I’ve enjoyed understanding more about Carnaval and how it connects to what our US culture knows about Mardi Gras and lent. Much of Spanish I and II require that students make comparisons between their own understanding of their culture and the target language’s culture.
Do you know about Carnival?
This month, I’ve grouped up with my bloggy friends with the theme of Mardi Gras. I took som liberty with the topic. Go check out what my fellow bloggers have created!
Nutella King Cake, a fun and easy interpretation of the classic Mardi Gras treat from Karen at Baking in a Tornado
Let the Good Times Roll! from Kia at The Ground Beneath my Feet
Jazz it Up! from Melissa at My Heartfelt Sentiments
Masks and beads and food and drinks OH MY! from P.J. at A ‘lil HooHaa
Find the Baby from Jules at The Bergham Chronicles