Spanish KS2: A song about 'Don Quixote'

A song in English and Spanish that tells the story of Don Quixote, Sancho Panza and Dulcinea based on the book 'Don Quixote' by Miguel de Cervantes.

The first verse tells how a man imagined himself to be Don Quixote, taking the name of the region as his knight name and travelling around on his trusty horse.

Verse two is about Sancho Panza, his friend who liked money and eating, and Dulcinea, a peasant girl.

Verse three talks about los molinos (windmills) that Don Quixote thought were ‘gigantes’ (giants) and they count them ¿Cuántos molinos hay?

The chorus features the two men comparing ‘loco’ (mad) Don Quixote with ‘vago’ (lazy) Sancho Panza.

This clip is from the series Virtually There Spain.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could retell the story in English, describing the characters, what they were like, was Don Quixote really a knight and how do they know?

Don Quixote chose his name from La Mancha, pupils could choose a knight name by selecting a region and using Don (Sir) or Doña (Lady) For example, Doña Smith de Cataluña; Don Butt de Canarias. They might even want to choose a Spanish family name like García, Alonso, Martín etc.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Key Stage 2, Level 2, or beginners in Spanish of any age.

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