Arts, Performing Arts, Foreign Language, Visual Arts
Intelligence; Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence; Visual/Spatial Intelligence
and integration of knowledge; Extension and refinement of knowledge;
Meaningful use of knowledge
watching the movie "Man of La Mancha" and discussing the themes,
students will create a booklet illustrating the 5 most important
scenes, with each scene described in Spanish (with teachers' help)
on the left and the pictures on the right. Students can become
more familiar with the lyrics if you play the CD while they work.
CD Player or other Audio Player
film Man of La Mancha
CD of the Man of La Mancha soundtrack
student should have a piece of tag board, 12 pieces of plain white
paper, a black pen (for writing description and title), colored
pencils, crayons, glitter, feathers, glue and string for binding
and Extension Specific Resources:
Tribute to Don Quixote De La Mancha
the lyrics and discuss the real meaning behind the words and music.
It provides a good, basic overview.
Drama Bookstore's Site on Man of La Mancha
site includes a short history of the Broadway musical. You can
also find the cast album, sheet music, and other tidbits of information.
This site contains an overview of the history of musical theatre,
as well as synopses to specific musicals.
Database of Lessons
Here you can access lesson plans written by secondary teachers
that incorporate the study of Latin America into various subjects.
Standards for Arts Education:
Music 5-8, Standards 7 and 9
Theatre 5-8, Standard 8
Visual Art 5-8, Standard 3
to introduce a great work of literature
2. to integrate visual arts with literature
3. to introduce the concept of the knight-errant
4. to give students the opportunity to be successful in the acquisition
of a foreign language
like to do this project in the spring, as it does not inflict
a lot of stress on students while they are finishing the year.
The students seem to like this project, and they get a good introduction
to a famous work of literature. I usually do this project with
my classes who do not do well with traditional Spanish language
Spend 3-4 class days watching the video
Man of La Mancha.
Discuss how Man of La Mancha is a play combining bits of
de Cervantes' life with his most famous work.
(see above) as they are presented in the movie.
Ask students to create a simple sketch of each scene before they
do the final work. Teachers should approve the sketches before
the final work begins.
If they are able, students can write the captions in Spanish,
and each teacher can correct them before they are written. If
their Spanish is not proficient enough, the student writes, and
the teacher translates the captions.
Play a CD of the soundtrack while they work. Discuss the meanings
behind the lyrics of the songs.
When all drawings are complete, arrange them in booklet form,
bind them with colorful thread, and decorate the cover.
This project could also be published using Microsoft Publisher
on a PC. Students could become more familiar with the lyrics if
you play the CD while they work.
Indian Creek School