1. Lesson Plan: Carnivals and Impersonal SE Lesson Plan [MEMBERS ONLY] – Students learn about the Carnivals in Spanish speaking countries with text and two videos of the carnivals from Bolivia and Spain. They also learn about the Impersonal SE by completing a grammar chart and a written practice. Finally, students do an oral presentation using the Impersonal SE of the two carnivals based on information and images provided in the lesson plan.
2. La vida es un carnaval by Celia Cruz – Song, Questions “life lessons” for Spanish 1-2 – This resource can help students learn about Celia Cruz and her impact on the music industry, in addition to teaching them how to view life through a different lens.
3. Spanish Song La Vida es un Carnaval: Spanish Song Activity – Printable worksheet for listening comprehension. Includes a short bio of Celia Cruz.
4. List of Resources: Celebraciones: Carnavales – Includes a text in Spanish that explains the origins of the carnival. It also includes activities and videos to use in class.
5. Activities: Carnavales – A pack of different activities to do in class.
6. Worksheets: Carnavales – A set of worksheets to practice carnivals vocabulary in Spanish.
7. Activities: La tradición carnavalesca en las clases de ELE: El juego de rol y el desarrollo de la competencia comunicativa – Three carnival activities are proposed here for different student levels. Activities include:
a. Participate in a carnival with a mask and talk with others about your selection
b. Organize a market at the Oruro Carnival to sell articles related to the festivity
c. Learn about the carnival dances
8. Video: El Carnaval de Oruro de Bolivia (Bolivia) – This short video is a great to show students all the elements of the Carnaval de Oruro, proclaimed Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
9. Reading: Second Biggest ‘Carnaval’ After Rio is in Barranquilla, Colombia: A Terrific Surprise (Colombia) – This Forbes Magazine article is a diary that shows students what to do, and where to eat and stay during the Carnaval de Baranquilla.
10. Video: Carnaval de Barranquilla: Colombia’s Passion & Folklore in the Caribe (Colombia) – This footage of the Carnaval de Barranquilla is a celebration with a fascinating fusion of cultures, music, dance and rhythm, a magical experience in the Caribbean.
11. Video: Carnaval de Barranquilla: Patrimonio de la Humanidad (Colombia) – This video in Spanish summarizes the importance of the Carnaval de Barranquilla.
12. Reading: Barranquilla: South America’s ‘other’ carnival (Colombia) – This CNN Travel article with wonderful images will transport students to Colombia to experience this incredible carnival.
13. Reading: Carnavales de El Callao: Donde el calipso y la algarabía se juntan (Venezuela) – Article in Spanish with colorful photos about one of the most popular carnivals in Venezuela.
14. Reading: Puno’s Candelaria Festival: UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Peru (Peru) – The Candelaria festival held in Puno is the third largest festival in South America, in terms of the number of people involved and the number of organized events.
15. Video: Carnaval en España (Spain) – This video in Spanish reviews some of the carnivals and its traditions.
16. Presentation: El carnaval – Introduce Spanish culture in your lessons by talking about Spanish main festivities. In this case, this fantastic resource related to ‘El Carnaval’ shows different vocabulary about costumes.
17. Printable: Carnaval en España Word Search – Worksheet to help the students practice Carnivals vocabulary.