Nobel Prize Literature Mexican writer Octavio Paz writes elegantly about fiestas, Mexicans, and the Day of the Dead. “The Day of the Dead,” is the anchor text of this resource. In addition, six sources from The New York Times Room for Debate explore death, celebrations, and The Day of the Dead. From these sources, students participate in a Socratic Seminar and write a synthesis essay.
A 2017 New York Times article on The Day of the Dead and the tribute to Mexican earthquake victims is part of this resources as is a TED TALK on death.
There is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Several NPR stories, videos, and music is included, as is a lesson on constructing a thesis sentence.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as it acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, World Literature, Mexican American studies