Juego de letras: Shakira’s Sesión 53

Shakira’s new song, whether you love it or hate it, is too good to ignore! Now, I don’t think it’s very nice to rip someone apart publicly, but I can’t help but marvel at the stinging cleverness of her lyrics, and how much fun this song is to sing! My Little Darlings are already obsessed and we’re just getting started.

Kara Jacobs jumped in with both feet and started working her magic, doing what she does best, dissecting and comprehensifying authentic resources. You’ve got to check out her blog post: Shakira: chisme y un diss track, where you’ll find everything you need to catch your Little Darlings up on the Shakira-Piqué drama, the song, the lyrics, and because Kara is incredible, she created materials for your novices AND intermediates and shared everything for FREE over on her blog, so you’ve got to check it out.

Kara’s Shakira Diss Track Resources

Kara’s slideshow for Novices…amazing, right?!

Watching Kara dig in and create inspired me, so I did what I do best: make it a game!

After students have heard the song and know the premise, but before you’ve analyzed the lyrics, play:

Shakira’s Lyrics Game for NOVICES

Shakira’s Lyrics Game for INTERMEDIATES

To play:

  • Divide your class into small groups, and give each group a mini whiteboard, marker and eraser.
  • Project a slide, play the video snippet of the song, and give students time to read together as a group Shakira’s lyric and the interpretations of the lyric. They decide which interpretation Shakira meant, and write their answer on their board.
  • Students show their boards, the teacher advances the slide to reveal the correct interpretation, all correct teams throw a dice to determine their points, and add their points to their score.
  • Then the teacher advances to the next slide and the fun begins again.
  • Since my Little Darlings LOVE singing this year, we’ll practice singing each line a few times until we have it down, before we move onto the next part of the song. If your Little Darlings don’t love singing, don’t make them…the game is supposed to be fun! Or…you could make it part of the game, practice a few times, then listen to them sing (with Shakira!) and award the best team (by best I mean loudest and most enthusiastic) with an additional dice roll. 🎲🎤

The difference between the Novice and Intermediate version is that the Big Kids have to read the line, then write their own interpretation, without the 3 options. Decide which version would be best for your Little Darlings 🙂

I can’t wait to play once we wrap up finals next week! Hope your 2023 is off to a great start!


  1. You are AMAZING!!! Thank you for all that you do!! 2023 is off to a FANTASTIC start, thanks to people like you and Kara.🥰🙏💝👏🙌🏼

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  2. buenas tardes y MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS por compartir! thank you so much for all that you share. You are very inspirational and it is so nice to know that other people are in the same boat at times!

    QUESTION: in the slideshow, the video clips are not showing. Today it is telling me that I need to request access and it took me to google (originally I assumed that it had to do with my school firewall). Did anyone else mention this issue? Is it an easy fix – if not, we will still enjoy the game. gracias por todo S


  3. ¡Mil gracias! This game and Kara’s introductory activities are INCREDIBLE! I started this unit today, the first day of our new semester, and it was a hugely popular lesson. Tomorrow we play the lyrics game and I can’t wait!

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