Inside: The Book of Life in Spanish class. Free novice Spanish movie guide for The Book of Life or El Libro de la Vida.
The Book of Life in novice Spanish class
When this post was first published on April 13, 2015, it was in the middle of our Tumba unit in Spanish I. I was planning on watching and discussing the cute animated film El Libro de Vida or The Book of Life in Spanish. It is a fun animated movie that I knew my students would love. I actually had the chance to take my Spanish club to it the movie theater for a field trip in the fall of 2014. It is full of the culture of the Day of the Dead and Mexico.
Kara Jacobs shared her awesome upper-level guide in Spanish here. Her guide is all in Spanish and would be perfect for an upper-level class.
Book of Life Novice Spanish Movie Guide
Since I wanted to use this film in Spanish 1, I knew I needed a more simple guide in English. Just like I did with my novice guide for the movie Canela, adapted from Kara, I have made a novice guide for the Book of Life. I shared this novice adaptation with Kara’s permission. Some classes may not need the questions in English to help follow along. But, my particular Spanish I class at the time worked better with something in front of them to keep on task at the end of the school year.
My novice guide for The Book of Life with English questions could also be used with the movie as a substitute lesson plan for a non-Spanish speaker.
In the years that followed this post, I have used my novice guide for The Book of Life many times. It was especially used with my exploratory Spanish classes. This guide was my go to end-of-the-quarter activity.
Beyond The Book of Life
In the years that followed I also started using Coco in multiple levels of Spanish. I have a guide for Coco that could work for any level you teach. It is in both Spanish and English. The Coco guide has character descriptions and matching, versions in Spanish and English, as well as a post viewing questions and matching, which could be used as an assessment. I have used versions of this one guide with every since level I taught, Exploratory through Spanish 4.
More resources for the Day of the Dead
- You can find more resources for the Day of the Dead in THIS BLOG POST
- Day of the Dead Find Someone Who with variations that could be used in any level of Spanish class. **Using the TPT Digital tool, you can assign this online for students to complete socially distanced or all online. Read this post to learn more.
- Day of the Dead Para Empezar Google Slides – 3 weeks of class warm ups for Spanish
- Novice Spanish Reading – Mexico & The Day of the Dead.
- Get everything above in the Day of the Dead Bundle
- Halloween Dance Videos
originally posted 4.13.15 by Allison Wienhold – updated 9.21.21