This short project gives a quick overview of the use of calaveras in the Day of the Dead holiday. It also names José Guadalupe Posada and his political cartoons which now have become synonymous with the celebration of death. This project moves away from some of the traditional research and/or creations associated with teaching the Day of the Dead in high school classes. *UPDATED 10/28/16* The PowerPoint presentation gives you a whole class demo of some of the details included in the PDF for better viewing on a screen. It also includes over 10 examples done by high school students!
This PDF also has some small examples of Posada's work for students to look at. Their task is then to create a drawing of their own. The task is outlined for students from a simple replace the people in a work scene with skeletons, to a more complex political cartoon type drawing. Students can then work at a level where they are comfortable. Depending on the age of the students, you could require one thing or another to challenge them.
There is also a rubric for grading the drawings as well as a short write-up where students have to describe what they have created, tell how it relates to what they see in Posada's drawings and use meta-cognition to explain their process. A list of websites is also provided for further teacher or student research into the topic if desired.