Recently, in our Spanish (intermediate and advanced levels) we have focused on telling stories. While the objective is to use the language for communication purposes, we have been trying to find situations in which we can explore different ways of telling a story. We have tried the PechaKucha format of presenting, digital story telling using SonicPics, among many.
However, the tasks we have enjoyed the most is turning songs into stories and adding excerpts of the original song, as well as other sounds that can add to the atmosphere of the story we are trying to tell.
So this is how we have done it:
1. first we picked a song that has an interesting story.
2. we wrote the main events on a time line.
3. we thought of situations that could happen between the events we have identified and then add happenstance or, simply, additional information that allows us to expand the story.
4. we reached out for different moments that characters can celebrate, or that allow us to get a deeper insight on them.
5. we included ideas that can provoke further discussion.
6. we tried to finalise the story mosaic, making sure we have as many nuances, colours and sounds as possible.
Here is an example of a song called “Hijo de la Luna”. A song by Spanish band, Mecano, where a woman gives her first child to the moon, as the moon helped her get the man she wanted to love.