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Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural - Sofi y el mágico mural musical

Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassadors Programs’ Sofi Materials
Currently there are a number of Cultural Ambassadors educational materials that facilitate using multicultural literature for the bilingual picture book SOFI AND THE MAGIC, MUSICAL MURAL.
Below are links to five short video segments that help educators to share Puerto Rican culture and history by using the SOFI AND THE MAGIC, MUSICAL MURAL picture book:

Plena with Doctor Drum
New York City Department of Education teaching artist Dr. Drum explains the history of the music genre of plena, the national Puerto Rican music. He also introduces the two instruments used for the plena, the pandereta and the güiro and plays plena beats for second graders from Public School 250 and Public School 257. (7 minutes)
https://vimeo.com/282883681/6f80072ba1-Pleana

The Art & the Artist, María Dominguez
Artist María Domínguez explains the creative process behind illustrating the SOFI picture book. Domínguez aso talks about the community mural, El Pueblo Cantor (Bronx, 1996) that she designed with students from Intermediate School 193 and shows original art and marquettes she created for El Pueblo Cantor. (2 minutes)
https://vimeo.com/282884873/edd2143dc0-

Vejigante Talk
New York City Department of Education elementary teacher Humberto Soto, dressed up as the vejigante from SOFI does a recap of the story with second graders from Public School 250 and Public School 257. Soto also answers questions about the story, explains what a vejigante is, and sings and dances for the students. (3 minutes)
https://vimeo.com/282887736/e6e13f82a1-

Sofi Songs
Author Raquel M. Ortiz, New York City Department of Education teaching artist Dr. Drum, and second graders from Public School 250 and Public School 257 sing the three songs found in the SOFI picture book: “Tocotoco,” “Vejigante está pintao,” and “La plena que yo conozco.” A bonus feature is the vejigante who makes a guest appearance for one of the songs. (2 minutes)
https://vimeo.com/282885180/c087eb782d-

Teaching Sofi to Teachers, Educators, and Parents
Author and educator Raquel M. Ortiz shares pre-reading activities for her SOFI picture book with second graders from Public School 250. This includes a plena demo by Dr. Drum and a PowerPoint presentation on the mural that inspired the SOFI picture book. The presentation ends with the author and students learning and singing the three songs found in the SOFI picture book accompanied by music by Dr. Drum. (13 minutes)
https://vimeo.com/282885483/6fc4c8510d-