¿Que Hora Es?

Media Item
Bibliographic Information: Cedric the Entertainer Presents. ¿Que Hora Es? 2002.

Plot Description:
Four characters interact in the style of Mexican telenovelas (soap operas), using only basic phrases taught in introductory Spanish classes. The phrases are used in wildly inaccurate situations. The fifth character to enter the scene actually knows how to speak Spanish, to the bafflement of the others. The first sketch is of an upset lover finding out his partner is cheating. The second sketch is of an interrupted wedding.

Quantitative Reading Level: Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.1 (in Spanish)

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
These comedic clips are presented mainly in third-person, parodying the hilarity that real telenovelas can become. It teaches a few phrases in Spanish out of context. The media is 10th grade level.

Content Area: Science-Biology

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Reading for 6-12: #2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms; #4  Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context; #5 Analyze how the text structures information or ideas into categories or hierarchies, demonstrating understanding of the information or ideas; #9 Synthesize information from a range of sources; #10 Read and comprehend science/technical texts in appropriate grades.
  • CCSS for Writing for 6-12: #9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • CCSS for Language 6-12:  #3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening; #4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a great sketches to use in Spanish Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 9nd grade through 12th grade. It rivets students who might otherwise think learning a language is only boring.

Supporting Digital Content:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cKGyOE_jOI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZGac0jM8f0
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedric_the_Entertainer_Presents