The Google Classroom for this course is now OPEN.  

If you have not done so already, please check your email (or your parent's email if you don't have one yet).  There is an email with instructions for how to join the classroom.

If you have already joined, you may click HERE to enter the classroom directly.

For the next two weeks, homework notices will continue to appear on this page, and will also be posted in the Classroom.  Beginning in November, assignments will be posted solely in the Classroom.  

Homework due Wednesday, October 25, 2017

TEMA DE CLASE:  Leyendas, Zapato y Zapatismo

La persona especial fue Miles Huneycutt.  Miles tiene once (11) años.  Su compleaños es el dos (2) de octubre. En la casa de Miles hay muchos mascotas.  En la casa de Miles hay perros, gatos, pollos, conejos, chinchillas, peces, y conejillos de indias (guinea pigs!  This is the one I couldn't remember in class. )  Miles no tiene a ninguna persona famosa favorita.


1.  Haz clic AQUÍ to read an article about Zapata and Zapatismo.

2.  Watch the YouTube video below. You will need to watch it several times. To download a copy of the letra (lyrics), haz clic AQUÍ.

Vídeo oficial de Lila Downs de su tema Zapata Se Queda con Celso Piña y Totó la Momposina. 


3.  In the Google Classroom, haz clic the "CREATE" button in the assignment to open a blank Google Doc file. On the blank doc, explain in English what you think is happening in the video. You may include as much Spanish vocabulary as you are comfortable using.  When you are satisfied with your explanation, click the "TURN IN" button. I will review your work and return it to you with comments and grade.  ALTERNATE FILE CREATION OPTION: If you prefer, you may write your explanation in a word processing program and attach it to the assignment using the "ADD" button.

4.  Please feel free to discuss the video with your classmates in the Google Classroom. If you want my input in the discussion, please say so in your comment and I will respond. 

If you have any questions about this assignment, please let me know sooner rather than later!



To view the slideshow we watched in class, haz clic AQUÍ. It plays on a continuous loop, allowing you to examine each image more carefully and find more symbols.  Remember: most everything you see in these images is heroic symbolism. It begins with cultural mythology surrounding the conquest of MesoAmerica, and evolves to incorporate Catholic faith imagery. This visual allegory supports the ideology around Zapata as a savior of the Mexican people.

There is no assignment attached to this slideshow, but you may wish to show it to someone and share your knowledge of the Zapata mythology.

Homework due Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TEMAS DE CLASE (Class Topics):   The Columbian Exchange, DACA

One way a community indicates its openness to los inmigrantes is by making an effort to communicate with that population.  During Fall break, your assignment is to notice and record as many instances of Spanish language outreach as possible.  This could include signs in stores, materials made available to the public such as brochures and handouts, products from the Spanish-speaking world, etc.

Please document each example you find.  Record the Spanish words or phrases on the item, and any possible English translation that appears with it.  There are chiles available for this assignment, so go out on a limb!

SUMISIÓN:  Bring your list with you to class.  You will turn in your list when you say AQUÍ at la llamada de rol (roll call).



The materials we used in class for the cognado activity can be found at most Metro Nashville Public Library branches, in the racks at the main entrance.

For more information about DACA, haz clic AQUÍ .

This is the video about the Columbian Exchange that we watched in class.  

Website - 

Homework due Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Class Topic:  The world’s shortest survey of the music of Spain and Mexico. 

This assignment is broken into several parts.  Primero, the music of Spain.  Segundo, the traditional and folkloric music of Mexico.  Finalmente, music from current Hispanic culture.

Please go through the sections in the order presented below.  You have seen most of this material already;  use it to refresh your memory so that you can complete your homework assignment.  The information about how to complete your homework is found in the presentation about Un Besito Mas, which is after the section on the music of Mexico.  You will turn in this assignment at the beginning of class next week.

La Música de España
The first four videos are a chronological sample of the migration of musical influences from the ancient Middle East to the Iberian Peninsula over the course of approximately 1,000 years.  This sampling is not comprehensive and only includes the most easily-identifiable elements.

Please watch at least 2 minutes of each video - enough to get a solid idea of the musical elements of that sample. Listen for which elements carry over from one example to the next.

Early Sumerian excerpt, from which the tradition of storytelling in the epic poetry style descended.

The EPIC OF GILGAMESH is the earliest great work of literature that we know of, and was first written down by the Sumerians around 2100 B.C. Ancient Sumer was the land that lay between the two rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, in Mesopotamia.

Sample of a Jewish call to prayer.  The Jews were present in the Iberian Peninsula as early as the Roman era, and likely earlier.

Shema Yisrael (or Sh'ma Yisrael; שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל; "Hear, (O) Israel") are the first two words of a section of the Torah, and is the title (sometimes shortened to simply "Shema") of a prayer that serves as a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services.

This sample is representative of the Classical Arabic musical tradition, brought to Spain during the Middle Ages by the Moors.

The Spanish cultural expression known as Flamenco evolved out of the traditions from the above samples.  This clip focuses on the flamenco music style.


The flamenco dancing style incorporates the rhythmic elements of the music, as well as the dance styles of the Arabic belly dancing tradition and the traditions of the gitanos.  Flamenco has become highly theatrical and is a professional art form.  There are schools for learning flamenco music and dance, similar to the schools for learning classical music and ballet.  

A few weeks ago you saw a side-by-side comparison of the female dance style of flamenco and Indian classical dancing.  In this clip you will see an example of the male style of flamenco dancing, which resembles the dramatic performative style of the toreadors (bullfighters).

La Música de México
The next two videos help to understand the migration of musical traditions from European Spain to the New World.  This is obviously not a comprehensive sampling;  each region of México has a distinct style of music associated with the culture.  As with the section above, these examples simply contain the most easily-identifiable elements.

When the Spanish Conquistadores arrived in the New World, they encountered the prehistoric musical traditions of the indigenous people.  Native instrumentation reflected the environment and culture of the region.  


Over a period of several hundred years, the music of the indigenous people of the Mesoamerica combined with the music the Conquistadors brought from Europe.  One result was the musical expression known as Mariachi.  The Mariachi sound incorporates the instrumentation and rhythms of the Spanish tradition;  the sonic traditions of the Aztecas; the dance styles of flamenco;  performative elements such as elaborate costumes;  and the storytelling themes found in epic poetry.  The overlap in traditions can be seen and heard in this clip of a style of music known as Ranchera.


La Música Moderna Popular
Modern Hispanic music continues the tradition of epic poetry, telling stories of heroic deeds and significant events in the history and culture of the Hispanic people.  

Please open the presentation “Un Besito Mas”, read it, and follow the instructions.  This is the same presentation you saw in class.  It is mostly in Spanish;  use your best judgement to discern the meaning.  Your homework instructions are in English.  You will need to view the presentation before looking at the videos that follow.

Un Besito Mas Presentation


Jesse & Joy presentan su nuevo video "Un Besito Más" Director: Simon Brand 

Congratulations - you've reached the end of the review on the Music of Spain and Mexico!  :)

Homework due Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This post includes recursos (resources) from this week's class, cinco (5) video investigaciónes (investigations), and one "deliverable" assignment (your frase secreta!).

This week's class topics:  Juegos y deportes.
Remember:  the word deportes is un cognado falso!  It has nothing to do with inmigración.  Significa béisbol, fútbol, tenis, etcétera.

La persona especial fue Elliot Goodwin. Elliot tiene 9 años. Su cumpleaños es el 22 de septiembre. En su cumpleaños tendrá 10 años.  Elliot tiene un perro, un gato, y un ratón. Su color favorito es el azul. Su persona famosa favorita es R. L. Stine, el autor de Goosebumps.

For a copy of the rules for playing Reloj, haz clic AQUÍ .  You can play this game with an ordinary deck of cards. 

You can often find Barajas Españolas (Spanish playing cards) and Lotería sets in local Hispanic stores.   They are also available on Amazon.  Sometimes barajas are known as briscas, so if you go to a store that doesn't recognize one word, try the other.

Review the Rutina diaria, haz clic AQUÍ.  This week's file explains the purpose of the following videos, and how to discover your frase secreta.

Homework due Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This post includes recursos (resources) from this week's class, two video investigaciónes (investigations), and one "deliverable" assignment.


NOTE:  in the following paragraph, the word "Ella" is the person's name, not gender.

La persona especial fue Ella Aldridge.  Ella tiene trece (13) años.  Ella tiene tres (3) perros (arf, arf!), seis (6) gatos (meow), dos (2) peces (just keep swimming), y MUCHOS ranas (ribbit!  ribbit!).  El color favorito de Ella es "glitter".  Su cumpleaños es el quince (15) de septiembre.  


CLASS TOPICS:  Rejoinders, exclamations, interjections;  dates and weather

Es posible.  It's possible.
No es posible.  It's not possible.
Imposible.  Impossible.
Creo que sí/no.  I believe so/not.
¡Dios mío!  OMG!
¡Ay, caramba!  Darn it!
¡Chévere!  Cool!
Asi-Asi.  So-so.
Lo siento.  I'm sorry.
¡Qué lástima! What a shame!

To review the Rutina diaria, haz clic AQUÍ.  The last slide in this file is different from the one you viewed in class, and has information about your "deliverable" assignment.

To review El Secreto de Carmen, haz clic AQUÍ.  This file is not animated, but it includes everything you saw in class.  (I am working on a Powtoon for you;  until then, this will work for your assignment).  Find someone to show this file to, and translate it for them.


Video Número Uno

¡Adelante!  Let's go!
¡Vamos!  Come on!
¡Trampa!  Cheat!
¡Buu!  Boo!
¡Eso no es justo!  That's not fair!
¡Buena suerte!  Good luck!
¡Toma eso!  Take that!
¡Bien hecho!  Well done!
¡Otra ves!  Again!

Video Número Dos

Choose another video from The Angry Family ESP.  Prepare to describe it in class. Bonus chiles for using some of the Spanish vocabulary from the video.

Homework due Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This post includes recursos (resources) from this week's class, five video investigaciónes (investigations), and one deliverable assignment.

CLASS TOPIC:  fiestas (celebrations)  y comida (and food)


haz clic AQUÍ = click HERE
Utensilios de cocina = Cooking tools
gitano = gypsy
bate = beat or whip


  • For a copy of the reading about los gitanos, haz clic AQUÍ.

  • For a copy of the handout "Bate, bate, chocolate", haz clic AQUÍ.

  • For a copy of the slideshow about fiestas, haz clic AQUÍ

  • For a copy of the slideshow about utensilios de cocina, haz clic AQUÍ.


Video Número Uno

To learn more about this item, haz clic AQUÍ.


Video Número Dos

To learn more about this item, haz clic AQUÍ.


Video Número Tres

To learn more about this item, haz clic AQUÍ.


Video Número Quatro

To learn more about this item, haz clic AQUÍ.


Video Número Cinco

To learn more about this item, haz clic AQUÍ.


In English, write a brief description of the differences between the food items above.  You may include any information that you glean from the videos or the links in the captions, but you must cite your sources.  You may also have help with this assignment if you need it, so please feel free to work with an Intro to Spanish classmate or members of the Hispanic community.  Again, please cite your source(s).  Bring your written description with you to class;  you will turn it in at roll call.   If you have any questions about the material or the assignment, please feel free to email me.

Homework due Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Our personas especiales this week were Brady Huneycutt and Leo Huneycutt.  Their cumpleaños is on Septiembre 2.  We sang "Las Mañanitas" to them, we learned that they have muchas mascotas, and that their persona famosa favorita is Matt Damon.

CLASS TOPIC:  la ropa (clothing)

presta atención = pay attention
gitano = gypsy
hay algo = there is something / is there something?
plus cognates

There are several videos to review this week.  Watch the videos in order. Read the material above each video first. Watch the video.  Then read the caption below the video and follow any instructions before moving on to the next video.

There is nothing to turn in this week, but you will need to have some responses in mind for the questions in the captions.

You will know you have completed the assignment when you find the word "Completo".

Video Número Uno

This is the video I tried to play in class.  The name of the song is Bamboleo, by The Gipsy Kings.  Presta atención a la ropa.

Brothers from two families formed the group.  The Reyes brothers  (Nicolas, Paul, Canut, Patchai y Andre), and the Baliardo brothers  (Tonino, Diego y Paco).  The members of the Gipsy Kings live in France, but their families are gitanos from Spain.  Their families left Spain in the 1930s to escape the Spanish Civil War.

The music of the Gipsy Kings is a combination of the sounds of flamenco, the rumba, and more.

QUESTION:  In English, we spell the word "Gypsy" with two Ys.  The band spells their name "Gipsy".  Why do you think this is?  HINT:  think about how we say the word "pio", and compare it to the word "gitano".

Video Número Dos

This video goes into more detail about the material we discussed in class regarding the origin, customs, and influences of los gitanos.

The transcript of this video can be found by clicking HERE.  Please read it and make a mental note of at least one point that you would like to discuss in class. 

Video Número Tres

This is the video we watched in class without sound.  Presta atención a la ropa, la música, y la baile (the dancing).

Flamenco is a genre of Spanish music, song, and dance from Andalusia, in southern Spain, that includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps). First mentioned in literature in 1774, the genre grew out of Andalusian and Romani music and dance styles.

Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, originated from India. This dance form traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathakars or storytellers. Its form today contains traces of temple and ritual dances, and the influence of the bhakti movement. From the 16th century onwards it absorbed certain features of Persian dance and central asian dance which were imported by the royal courts of the Mughal era.

QUESTION:  What are some similarities between the art of Flamenco and the art of Kathak?  Make a mental note for discussion in class.

Video Número Quatro

In this video you will hear Bamboleo, and the song Hero by Spanish pop singer Enrique Iglesias.  Presta atención a la ropa de los muchachos.  ¿Hay algo peculiar?


To learn more about the ropa peculiar in this video, click HERE.

QUESTION:  How does cultura (culture) influence música?  How does música influence cultura?  In what ways has your own cultura y música influenced your fashion choices?

¿¿¿ QUÉ EN TARNACIÓN ??? What is this called, and how does it apply to this assignment?  The answer can be found by clicking HERE.


What is this called, and how does it apply to this assignment?  The answer can be found by clicking HERE.

Homework due Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Complete the handouts you received in class.  If you need a copy of "Para Practicar" (the one with María and Juan), click HERE.   If you need a copy of "Vocabulario", click HERE.  If you need a copy of "Te Presento A", click HERE.  You do not have to complete the bottom section of Te Presento A yet;  just the part with the drawing and pictures.

SUBMISSION:  Place your handouts in the designated basket when you arrive on Wednesday.  If you do not come for 1st block, please find me when you arrive and turn in your work.  Make sure your nombre and la fecha are on each page.  NOTE:  If you did not turn in your homework from last week, please turn it in with this week's work.  Assignments that are turned in one week late will be recorded as "Tarde", but will not deduct from your final grade.  Assignments that are turned in more than one week late will be recorded as "Incompleto", and will will not earn the full grade.

REMINDER:  If you have questions about any part of your homework, please contact me sooner rather than later. You may download a refresher on how to write an email by clicking HERE.   The email should come from you, rather than your parent or guardian.  However, you may copy your parents/guardians on the message so that they will be in the loop.

Finalmente:  Remember our discussion about cognates?  Most of the ones we have in Spanish come from languages that use the same alphabet that we use for English.  However, Spanish has many cognates that come from Arabic - can you guess why?  Here are two videos that will help explain.


Homework due Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Place your completed assignments in the designated basket when you arrive at WEB on Wednesday.  I will review your work and return it to you in class.

  • Complete the student survey.  If you need another copy, you may download it by clicking HERE.

  • Complete the translation assignment entitled "PARA PRACTICAR".  Be sure to put your nombre y apellido and la fecha on the page!  If you need another copy, you may download it by clicking HERE.

  • Review the lyrics to "Los Pollitos Dicen" as many times as possible.  If you need another copy, you may download it by clicking HERE.

  • Please view this video as often as possible.  It contains vital information for classroom procedure.  We will do a formative assessment on this video during class this coming week.