Day of the Dead
1 Day of the Dead Introduction Video
The students will watch a four minute short film on the Day of the Dead. This video will tell the students what it is and what is expected during this celebration, in a fun educational way. This will gain the attention needed in this lesson. During the film, the students will need to take a few notes on notebook paper explaining what they see, feel, or hear watching it. These notes should help them when I ask the following questions after the video:
1. What is the Day of the Dead?
2. Does it seem fun or scary?
3. Why do you think people from Mexico celebrate this holiday?
We will discuss a few students’ answers, but their notes will be taken up to make sure questions were answered.
2 Power Point and Poetry Writing
After students have taken notes on the video, they will watch the day of the dead powerpoint as we discuss the meaning of Day of the Dead. They will be introduced to the vocabulary and Day of the Dead rituals. Once the students seem comfortable with what they have learned, we will take them out of their “home group” and put into different groups to write a poem. We will have them write a poem using the poem worksheet listed in the materials section of this lesson plan.. They will be required to write 4 lines in the poem that pertains to Day of the Dead as a group. They will have to use at least 4 vocabulary words in the poem in the correct context. Each group will then take their poem to their “home group” where they will share their poems. During all of the poetry writing and discussions we will walk around and assess what is being discussed. The students will use the bottom part of the worksheet to write down what they have learned by listening to each poem from their “home group”. These sheets will be taken up for a formative assessment.
The students will complete a short quiz on Kahoot! that reviews our learning of the lesson, including questions over the new vocabulary definitions, and true/false questions. This is also their summative assessment. The teacher can print an Excel sheet to review the learning from the day and ensure the students are on track with their learning.
Key Standards Supported
With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.
Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.
Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.