Alma is a dark fantasy horror short film from Spain that was produced by the ex-Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas. The word alma in Spanish means soul. The film is about a girl named Alma who wanders into a deserted store in Barcelona. It would be an excellent creepy MovieTalk for around Halloween or during the winter months.
Resources for Alma
- French Resources: VF Speaks French sells this worksheet, this re-tell form, Bellwork and a complete 2-3 day lesson plan for Alma.
- Spanish 2 Unit: Kara Jacobs made this unit for Spanish 2 that uses the past tenses. Overall the unit includes four stories that parallel Alma such as Alba y la maniquí. She also made a nice PowerPoint file for Alma with screenshots and a script in Spanish.
- Mini-Unit: Jeremy Jordan shared his plans for an Alma mini-unit. A highlight of the unit is this reading in Spanish about people who surgically alter their bodies to look more like dolls. In 2016 he updated the unit.
- Bryan Kandel: Before doing Alma, Bryan Kandel used an embedded reading called El abrigo anaranjado to work on some target structures that are important for Alma. He also wrote a story that he used after watching Alma that uses similar vocabulary.
- Screenshots: Bryan Kandel made a PowerPoint file with screenshots for the MovieTalk.
- Spanish Readings: Here is an Embedded Reading for the film by Doug Stone, here is a different Embedded Reading by Nina Barber, and here is yet another 5-level Embedded Reading by Jeremy Jordan (also available in presentation form). Choose the one that works best for your students. Adriana Ramirez also sells lesson plans for Alma.
- English: Adriana Ramirez sells a week long lesson plan for ESL classes using Alma.
- Russian: Here is a Russian Embedded Reading by Michele Whaley.
- SpanishPlans.org sells a script and several other resources for Alma.
- Ratones en casa: Martina Bex wrote this two-page story to prepare students to watch Alma during her film-based midterm assessment.
- Midterm assessment: Martina Bex made a film-based and proficiency-aligned midterm assessment using Alma that is appropriate for Spanish 2.
- Name: Alma
- Length: 5 minutes 29 seconds
- Language: Silent
- Production country: Spain
- Target structures: SpanishPlans.org used the target structures of quiere, puede, mira, ve, and busca (wants, can, looks at, sees, and looks for).
- Thematic vocabulary: You can use Alma to review clothing, prepositions, some emotions, and possibly weather terms like it’s snowing and it’s cold.
Below you can watch a demonstration of Adriana Ramirez doing this MovieTalk and a related Embedded Reading of Alma with her Spanish 1 students.