OK, it's noon and I have been glued to my computer screen eating Doritos® and binge watching episodes of Gran Hotel. This show is A-MAZING! When I first heard of this series thanks to Mike Peto's blog, I really didn't have any desire to watch it on Netflix. I had El Internado fever! I think I was so intent on working with El Internado that I didn't even think twice about giving Gran Hotel a fair shot. Well, today I got to thinking that I needed a backup plan in case my principal doesn't approve of my using El Internado as a teaching resource. Since Mr. Peto suggested that Gran Hotel was also a good choice, I decided to give it a try...Let's just say, "El Internado who?"
Gran Hotel is not some stuffy period piece with boring formal language and rigid, plotting, methodical story lines. Instead it is absolutely devious, mysterious, and delightfully intriguing. Before watching Gran Hotel, I was pumped to use El Internado because my students would be able to easily relate to the characters since El Internado deals with a younger (teenage) cast. Even though the characters in Gran Hotel are older, I am sure that the multiple story lines are so compelling that age doesn't matter and neither will the fact that the show is set in the early 20th century. The costumes, set design, and locales are highly captivating as well. Not to mention that having attractive and charismatic protagonists doesn't hurt either.
With Gran Hotel, so many themes can be explored that are as relevant today as they were back then; granted with many similarities and differences, which make for great discussions! Can you feel my excitement through the computer screen?!
¡BIENVENIDOS AL GRAN HOTEL!
To begin my journey with using Gran Hotel, I will need to create some pre-viewing activities for my students. So far I am thinking of the following activities to include:
Wow, creating and planning will take some time, but what's Spring Break for anyways? (sigh) Fortunately, there are some available ready-made resources. Mr. Peto has created a guide for episode 1, which is excellent. He also has great teaching videos that show him in action using Gran Hotel on his blog. Allison Wienhold has a great page dedicated to Gran Hotel resources, which will definitely come in handy. I hope to add some supplementary materials soon! But first, I need to see what Julio Olmedo is up to next...