ERIC Number: ED475817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
El Dia de los Muertos: A Reference Module for Elementary and Middle School Students. Curriculum Projects. Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad Program, 2002 (Mexico).
Marchick, Gloria Becker
The story of the conquest of Mexico, Mezo-America, and South America is widely known, and most of the known traditions are referred to as historical events and in the past tense. "El Dia de los Muertos," however, is a perfect example of the blending of two cultures or transculturation. To ignore what California's large Hispanic population brings to the United States would be grievous. Therefore, this curriculum project is for teachers who do not have local libraries or school libraries that feature sections on diversity. The project materials are tools that teachers can use to expose non-Hispanic students to an interesting cultural event and to give Latino students public recognition of a pride-filled celebration. It increases cultural awareness and instills in students a willingness to explore and experience a cross-cultural experience. When this background reference reading has been completed by the students, they are asked to build individual or class altars in memory of a departed relative (or even a pet). Detailed instructions for constructions and decoration are included. Contains a relevant vocabulary, a 30-item reading list, a list of videocassettes, and a list of Web sites. (BT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Center for International Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Mexico