My class population consists of 10 Spanish Learners and 20 English Learners. We are a 50:50 Dual Immersion class which means we value the 21st Century skill of biliteracy. Whatever level I teach in English, I teach the same level in Spanish, although I will scaffold as necessary to ensure everyone learns and grows.
So the objective today was to have the students Close Read a song, working on the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard of interpreting and analyzing how word choices shape meaning. Basically, we were looking at how the author of the song used clear images from word choice to give the central idea. This lesson was done in Spanish.
So to begin with I found a super fun, current Spanish song with a good message. It is called "La bicicleta" and its written by Shakira and Carlos Vives. I played the song and had the students read the lyrics as they listened. They were shocked and giddy that they got to listen to music for a lesson. A huge qualification of a Close Reading lesson is that it has to be fun! La bicicleta song and lyrics
By the way, I got this Close Reading variation from a fantastic conference I went to titled, "Falling in Love with Close Reading" by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts.