Teach CCSS with Encanto’s Song Surface Pressure


Teach CCSS with Encanto’s Song Surface Pressure! Use this short 3 minute song to teach a ton of CCSS standards. Explore how lyrics and visuals reveal how Luisa feels about herself and how Mirabel must feel about her older sister. Discuss word/phrase meanings in the lyrics like ‘under the surface’ and ‘cerebus’. Finally, identify the theme and lessons that can be learned from Luisa’s song.

This song by Jessica Darrow, along with the lyrics on screen, can be found on YouTube here.

  • (Note: I do not own this link, if it changes, search ‘Surface Pressure lyrics’ and another video should be available.

The full movie, Encanto, is available for streaming on Disney + here. and the song can be found from the 35:00 minute mark.

This product .zip file includes:

  • A single, 8 page .PDF file consisting of:
    • A teacher lesson plan | Print Version (1 pages)
    • An answer key (2 pages)
    • CCSS alignment indicating standards met (1 page)
    • A PDF with link to a Google Slides version (1 page)j
    • A student movie guide | Print Version (2 pages)
    • An About TeacherTravis Intro (1 page)
      • CCSS Note: I’ve taken the liberty of aligning certain reading standards with the act of consuming content via the movie instead. Although students aren’t reading they are asked to perform the same cognitive functions on the content that they consumed from the movie.
      • Differentiation Note: Although each question specifically targets one of the standards above, each question is suitable for multiple grade levels.


Here are my tips for using this Teach CCSS with Encanto’s Song Surface Pressure in your classroom:

  1. Print one, double-sided Teach CCSS with Encanto’s Song Surface Pressure worksheet for each student
  2. Preview the questions before beginning the the song (the time is designated on the resource)
  3. Re-watch the clip multiple times if necessary and pause in between viewing to discuss or help students
    • Discussion here is great, encourage and allow students to share their ideas and thoughts for any question
    • Discourage students from simply copying answers
  4. On average, completing this activity will require about 30 minutes.

Google Classroom | Google Slide | Tips:

    1. Click on the link included in the PDF titled “Google Slides Version” and save a copy of the file to your Google Drive/Classroom
    2. Create an assignment for your students
    3. If you are using this resource for multiple classes and want to separate responses by class, create multiple copies of the Google Slides version with file names such as [Title]ClassPeriod[2] and then create assignments

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Get a feel for these movie guides and see if this resource is right for you. I ask questions that require students to ‘live’ on the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

K12 Movie Guides are on these other platforms as well:


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