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Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Middle School, High School
  • Cultura Española
  • musica
  • pop culture
  • pop-culture
  • spanish
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    Pop Culture Spanish Speakers

    Pop Culture Spanish Speakers


    The word "pop-culture" refers to contemporary people, events, or things of the current times.  In this seminar you will learn about pop-culture Spanish-speakers who you may have known were Spanish-speakers or came from Latino backgrounds, while some of them may be a complete surprise to you.  Learn more about these people and you will come to realize how many Spanish-speakers there are in your world and how they affect your daily life in music, movies, television, and sports.

    ACTFL Standards

    • Cultures: Relating Cultural Products to Perspectives

    • Comparisons: Cultural Comparisons

    • Communities: Lifelong Learning

    Learning Target

    I can give a presentation about a famous athlete, celebrity, or historical figure.

    Habits of Mind

    Creating, imagining, innovating

    Critical Thinking Skill

    Construct Meaning


    Introductory warm-up activity.

    There are Spanish-speakers everywhere around the world.  Some are more well-known than others.  In this seminar you will test yourself on your knowledge of famous Spanish-speakers as well as learning about new ones that you may have never thought had connections to Spanish.







    Academic/Concept Vocabulary


    Read and watch the resources to learn about this concept, then do the practice activity.




    Click here to read.

    Watch the video Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Latino :

    • be sure to take notes as you watch.

    • rewatch, rewind and pause as you need.

    Use this interactive to practice and learn the vocabulary terms you will need to understand for this Seminar. Choose your study mode!

    Explore More

    Access one, many, or all of these resources to explore this topic more deeply.

    • Learn more about The Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, here.

    • Learn more about Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull, by reading here.

    • Learn about the famous Colombian rock star and philanthropist, Juanes, here.

    • Read about the iconic singer Julio Iglesias here.

    Become familiar with the famous ranchero, Vicente Fernandez, and his music here.


    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.

    Based on what you learned in the Explore and Engage sections of this Seminar, answer the following prompt: 

    • When learning a language, culture is just as important as the language itself.  Why?  Do you know of any other famous Spanish-speakers?


    Now it is time to self-check how much you have learned about this topic.  If you do not know as much as you thought, go back to the “Explore” section of this seminar and reread, rewatch, or redo the activities listed.  See your facilitator if you have questions.


    This is a task or project where you can show what you know.

    Research a famous, living, Spanish-speaking athlete, singer, or musician.  You will create a one-two minute speech about this person and include a picture of this person.  Your presentation must answer the following questions about the person:

    1.  ¿Cómo se llama?

    2. ¿De dónde es?

    3. ¿Qué le gusta hacer?

    4. ¿Cómo es?

    5. ¿Qué hace?

    6. ¿Tiene familia?  Describe la familia.

    7. ¿Dónde vive ahora?

    8. ¿Qué son algunas cosas importantes que hace la persona?

    9. ¿Qué es su trabajo?

    Submit a recording of your speech and the photo upload. 



    Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning.  

    1. Write a reflection paragraph answering the following questions:

    • Research another pop culture Spanish-speaker we have not discussed yet in this seminar.  In 3-5 sentences tell me a little bit about this person and what Spanish-speaking country they or their ancestors are from.