EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, A PERFECT AP LESSON

El Día de los muertos y tres temas AP

Rationale:

AP units are better understood and make more sense when they are connected and intertwined.  El Dia de los muertos is a celebration that can be seen from many different perspectives. These perspectives happen to also be some of the topics suggested by the AP Spanish language curriculum:

La belleza y la estética: ¿Cómo se establecen los ideales de belleza?

La vida contemporánea: ¿Cómo influyen lo productos culturales, las prácticas y las perspectivas de la gente?

Identidades personales y públicas: ¿Cuáles son las cualidades que convierten a una persona en héroe?

Strategies and activities:

1- Have students get informed about the meaning of Día de los Muertos.

2- Students make a venn diagram comparing Día de los Muertos with Halloween

3- Have students research the definition of a hero: discuss in class

4- Discuss with students about the stereotypical image of a hero

Activity

1- After finding out what a real hero is, ask your students if they can think about someone in their immediate circle who have passed away and that they can consider a hero in their lives.

2- Students find a picture of the person they consider a hero to themselves or their family.

3- Students can write a persuasive essay where they explain to the class why their chosen person is a hero.  Ask them to support their ideas with what they have learned about what a hero is.

4- Students can put together a 2 or 3 minutes presentation where they introduce their personal hero and compare it with either a fictional hero, or a person who made a difference in the hispanic world.

Closing:

To close this lesson dedicate the following class to talk about how celebrating those personal heroes who are not anymore with us can impact us in many ways.

1- We bring them to live, we share their story and somehow they are born again.

2- We realize how their legacy and their departure have inspired us to be a better person.

3- Now compare again Dia de los Muertos and Halloween as a class.

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