This Reading Comprehension Lesson contains two authentic reading selections that I have modified for Spanish language learners. There are many facets to this lesson.
1. It contains authentic Spanish-language reading selections
2. It is culture-based
3. It infuses diversity (compares African and Mexican traditions)
4. It accomodates differentiation
5. It supports reading comprehension and note-taking
The first selection is an article about the death and celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela in 2013. The second is a summary of Día de los muertos as observed in Oaxaca, Mexico.
There are two versions of the Día de los muertos article. For differentiation purposes, one version contains key vocabulary that will help students understand and interpret the article.
I am also including a blank Venn diagram. In my classes, I have students read the first article individually, then they discuss it in small groups, then we read and translate it as a class and spend sufficient time discussing the cultural aspects of the article in English. (I do this so that language is not a barrier to students asking deeper thinking questions and contributing personal connections to the lesson)
I repeat the activity during the next class for the second article. Once both articles have been read and discussed, I distribute the Venn diagrams and have students compare and contrast the way that Día de los muertos is celebrated with that of the way that Nelson Mandela's death was observed in South Africa.
This small bundle of materials will be a great addition to your Día de los Muertos lesson and can be used at any time during the year. It can also be used as part of your substitute teacher plans.
I recommend this download for Spanish Levels 2 and above, although it may also be effective with advanced Spanish 1 students or classes with heritage speakers.