Inside: Resources for Spanish class for the movie Dora and the Lost City of Gold in Spanish class (Dora y la ciudad perdida). Teach a cultural unit centered around Dora in Spanish class.
If you have kids, you may have heard about or watched the newer movie, Dora and the Lost City of Gold in Spanish class (Dora y la ciudad perdida). My own boys enjoy classic Dora and they got the movie for Christmas. Once I watched it, I knew this cute movie is everything Spanish teachers want for class: appropriate, entertaining, and connected to culture.
Part takes place in South America and centers on Dora, who is now older and a teenager. Since many of our current middle and high school students grew up with classic Dora, this movie is a perfect throwback to their childhood, without being babyish. You can see more in the trailer below.
The film is rated PG and the actual film length is 1 hour and 35 minutes minutes long. (This means it would be a great sub plan with this guide!) You can find more about level of appropriateness here, but I personally think it would work with 4th grade on up Spanish class, or even an Exploratory class.
I purchased the DVD online and it had both Spanish and English options for both audio and subtitles. Be careful buying or renting online that you get the language(s) that you are wanting. My go to for Intermediate classes in Spanish audio and Spanish subtitles, for Novice classes Spanish audio and English subtitles, and English if it is an exploratory or culture class. (There is actually quite a bit of Spanish even in the English version).
If you want to make a whole film unit, there are so many cultural themes for exploration including the following:
- The diverse indigenous people of South America
- The Incas
- Quechua – Connections to Quechua from the film
- Legends of South America
- This song > Soy Yo (from Bomba Estero is the credits theme)
Resources to save you time
Dora Movie Guide – Includes options for English comprehension or Spanish comprehension, character description and post viewing activities. The directions are in English, so it would be a great sub plan.
The Inca Unit – here from Sra. Dentlinger
Elementary Scavenger Hunt – a fun animal hunt for younger kids here
Dora Soundtrack – many songs in Spanish here
Please let me know if there are more resources I should add!
If you are interested in MORE movie guide activities, check out this blog post with more information about all of my appropriate favorites. My others guides I have available are: