Lesson plan: El día de los muertos - ¿Cómo se celebra en países diferentes?
Lesson type: Reading comprehension; collaborative learning; Reading Apprenticeship; Interpersonal Speaking; Listening
Duration: 3-5 class periods (60-70 minutes long)
Level: Spanish 2, Spanish 3
Language skills utilized: reading, presentational speaking, listening
- 3-5 days of lesson plans
- A lengthy article on the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), split into 5 different articles
- This article includes a background of the Day of the Dead
- This article includes several sub-articles on the celebration of the Day of the Dead in other countries. I have divided them and the tasks into manageable bites that may be used by a variety of learners over a number of class periods.
- A small writing prompt for students
- A worksheet with 16 questions about the main article (the first 2 pages on the Day of the Dead and its background)
- An answer key for the article
- A variety of lesson plans and ideas to reach many different types of learners
- Activities that involve reading, writing, listening, speaking, moving around, short answer, and short writing prompts
- RA (Reading Apprenticeship) Strategies
- An example of a Visible Thinking Routine and a link to the routine on the Visible Thinking website
Materials needed: copies of the articles, copies of the questions, large pieces of paper (butcher paper or other large poster-like paper), markers
This lesson contains a packet of articles, in-class activities, and assignments that can be used a variety of ways. I’ll first tell you what is included and how I used it, but please modify it however you’d like. I also give suggestions for alternate ways to use the products. This lesson utilizes various reading and learning strategies, including RA strategies and Visible Thinking Routines.
This lesson is based on the following article, which I have copied and pasted into this Microsoft Word document: http://www.viajeros.com/articulos/dia-de-los-muertos-como-se-celebra-en-america-latina. I also created a word bank to help the students with some difficult and important vocabulary; however, their goal is to use reading strategies to create meaning from what they know and apply it to what they don’t.