Mexican Independence is one of the most significant lessons that you will teach in your Spanish classes regardless of the level. A great number of people still confuse Mexican Independence Day (September 15-16) with Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) which makes this lesson a vital lesson.
This download provides you with all that you will need to facilitate a qualitative lesson on Mexican Independence.
1. An interactive class activity (skit) where students play the roles of famous people in Mexican history as the teacher narrates a brief history of Mexican Independence. Role cards for students are included.
2. The Mexican flag in color that can also be printed and displayed in the classroom.
3.. A blank handout for taking notes, constructed in the two-sided format with a K-W-L section for student reflection.
4. Background notes for the teacher with relevant historical facts related to Mexican Independence. This information can be easily given to students as fast facts during the lesson.
5. An English language quiz about Mexican Independence with answer key.
6. A black line Mexican flag that can be used as a brain break / visual aid during your lesson. Students are instructed to color the flag, but are also asked critical thinking questions about the meaning of flags, history of the Mexican flag, and what they would change if they were re-designing the flag.
7. Two Reading Comprehension selections in Spanish for upper levels and advanced classes. These can be used as pre-assessments, collaborative reading, a review of preterite and imperfect, or as a tool to teach reading strategies.
8. A short, fill-in-the blank activity to accompany the first Reading Comprehension selection.
9. Two Word Searches. One has the key terms, Miguel Hidalgo, Ignacio Allende, desfile, comida, etc. The other lists words associated with Mexican Independence (Doña Josefa Ortega de Dominguez, Viva Mexico, 16 de septiembre, Morelos, etc.)
10. A list of Fast Facts that can be given to students as a handout or cut into individual slips and used during a "Round Robin" class activity where students share the facts with classmates as they visit various "stations".
11. A time-saving page for the teacher that contains 10 pre-screened websites where you can find additional information and resources for Mexican Independence Day. There is also a link to an online video of former Presidente Felipe Calderón peforming "El Grito de Independencia". This is a great audio-visual complement to the lesson and is best if shown after the skit.
12. A color map of Mexico that can be displayed as a visual aid during your lesson. It is also a good addition to your word wall or current classroom decorations.
13. For additional value, I am also including a cover page with original photography taken in Guadalajara, Mexico that can be printed and displayed as a classroom poster.
14 A short biography of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto with a key word bank and reading comprehension questions. Although it's very brief, it is a good tool to teach reading comprehension strategies, the use of cognates, and will work very well as a collaborative tool.
This download is a great set of lesson materials for Mexican Independence Day. I use them to create a single-day lesson but it can be easily modified for use over several classes. It can also be a great addition to your substitute lesson plans.