I use this month to talk about Equatorial Guinea, to talk about Choc Quib Town’s take on racism, and to show the diversity of Latin Americans via Calle 13’s song, LatinoAmérica.
During the first week, for the bell ringer, I play the Equatorial Guinea Video with pictures of that West African country and its national anthem.
On Monday, students read the lyrics in both English and Spanish.
Tuesday they do a word search with pictures from the video.
Wednesday and Thursday they color a little booklet with the flag, currency, national bird, tree, flower, popular
dessert, scene from the capital and some wildlife.
Friday the last five minutes we p lay bingo on pre-printed cards and a PowerPoint with the pictures.
The singing and videos are made by some Venezuelan friends who need work to survive the Venezuelan crises.
Here is a video of what I just described.
The next week I show a clipping from Jorge Ramo’s interview with Choc Quib Town and a few G-rated clippings from their song “De Donde Vengo Yo’.
Then I have students discuss with a partner what they would expect to see in a video showing the depth of differences among Latinamericans. They come up with a list of ten expectations and then I show them this song and we discuss what they had expected and what they saw.