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El Norte

El Norte

The North

140 minutes

Spanish with optional English subtitles.

Spanish Lesson Plan

Introduction: Immerse your students in the poignant and powerful story of "El Norte" with our comprehensive Spanish lesson plan. Directed by Gregory Nava, this film explores themes of immigration, survival, and hope, making it an invaluable resource for language learning and cultural exploration.

Film Summary: "Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life. Gregory Nava's groundbreaking El Norte tells of the personal travails of immigrants crossing the border to America with a humanism rarely seen in films. This is a story of hope and survival."

Additional Details: Released in 1983, "El Norte" stars Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando, and Ernesto Gómez Cruz. The film received critical acclaim and several awards for its heartfelt portrayal of the immigrant experience, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The DVD includes Spanish audio with optional English subtitles, making it accessible for language learners.

Suggested Dates for Classroom Use:

  • May 1: International Workers' Day, exploring themes of labor and migration
  • March 13: Gregory Nava’s birthday, celebrating the director’s contributions to cinema
  • December 18: International Migrants Day, reflecting on the immigrant experience
  • October 18: Anniversary of the film’s release, discussing its impact and themes

Conclusion: Using "El Norte" in your classroom enhances language skills while providing deep insights into themes of immigration and resilience. This lesson plan includes structured activities, discussion questions, and cultural notes to enrich the learning experience. Created for teachers, by teachers, our comprehensive lesson plans ensure you have all the resources needed for an engaging and educational classroom experience. IMDB

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Director: Gregory Nava

Cast: Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Alicia del Lago, and Mike Gomez

Audio: Spanish with optional English subtitles.

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