La llamada – Selena

This song, “The Call”, by Selena fits in very well with the novel Esperanza, by Carol Gaab. The narrator receives several important  (and disturbing) phone calls during the first three chapters of the novel, and you can compare and contrast the phone call that Selena receives with the ones that Esperanza receives. The music video…

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México lindo y querido – Javier Solís

This is a great song to sing on Mexican Independence Day! I give a short intro to the video in Spanish, with a little background on Javier Solís and ranchera music, before we watch the video. The reading I use is in this file. Watch/listen to it several times while students complete the CLOZE lyrics ( The…

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Corre – Agapornis

This song is a cover of the Jesse & Joy original, but I prefer using this one because it is more upbeat and, most importantly, the Jesse & Joy video is not appropriate to show at school (sex scene at the beginning (albeit mild) and gambling/drinking/smoking). I’d recommend checking out the Jesse & Joy version…

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Desapariciones by Maná

This is a heart-wrenching song written by Rubén Blades and performed by Maná that poignantly expresses the confusion and sense of loss and helplessness felt by those Argentinians whose family members disappeared in the 70s and 80s. Many songs have been written about this moment in Argentina’s history, but I think that this is one…

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