This year I showed the film “Diarios de motocicleta” for my AP Spanish Language classes. I had not shown it for a few years because when I changed schools, I found out that my students had already seen it in their previous Spanish classes. This year I was certain that my students had not seen it in any classes so I showed it, partly because it is a compelling movie, and partly because I was exhausted and needed a bit of a break.
I was disappointed with myself about how little we did with the movie other than watch it, so I have been outlining some pre-, during, and post-viewing activities. I wrote in my blog about my ideas for using the poems “A Roosevelt” and “La United Fruit Co.” before the movie and plan to use readings, songs, and poems about Che Guevara after the film. This post is about resources available for the film itself. I like to pick and choose what I consider to be the best portions of each resource.
At my previous school, I limited myself to using the the FilmArobics film and lesson plans that I purchased. The cultural notes and comprehension questions are good resources.
Here are some lesson plans compiled by other teachers for the film:
http://lrc.cornell.edu/spanish/semester3/instructor/CapTulo8/Section4/uploads/File1382114994637/CL36_Diarios_Amigo_1230S13.doc What I particularly like about this resource is an activity using the song “McGuevara o CheDonalds” by Kevin Johansen.
http://www.sparkenthusiasm.com/motorcycle_diaries.html There are free things and materials for purchase on this site.
http://goblues.org/faculty/flemingc/espanol-ivivh/ (You’ll have to scroll down to find links to resources for teaching about Che Guevara and the film.)
http://teacherweb.com/NY/AlbertusMagnusHighSchool/WeeksK/Diario-de-Motocicleta—packet.doc This is mostly in English, but there are good cultural notes.
http://ouray.k12.co.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_179347/File/Staff%20Directory/Ms.%20Chase/Espanol%20I/Diarios.pdf This is from the textbook Cinema for Spanish Conversation by Hackett Publishing Company.
There are several lessons about Che Guevara and the film “Diarios de motocicleta” at http://pier.macmillan.yale.edu/lesson-plans-5
This a tool from TES Connect called “Blendspace” where teachers can organize links to resources about a topic: https://www.tes.com/lessons/Ll86zMwUdqN3mw/diarios-de-motocicleta?redirect-bs=1
If you want a copy of the book off of which the film is based, there is a pdf available at https://zoonpolitikonmx.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/guevara_ernesto_che_-_diarios_de_motocicleta.pdf
One thing that I did at my previous school was to assign a South America project so that the students could learn about some of the places and cultural references from the film. The students’ presentations had to be interactive, and some got quite creative. One student taught us to dance the Cumbia and another made jigsaw puzzles out of works of art by South American painters. Here is the handout I gave; I warn you, it is very basic!
I think that another topic that could be added to accompany this film is the effects of mining on the South American people. Máxima Acuña would be a good person to incorporate here. http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/maxima-acuna/