Last week, students completed a week long unit on El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). Each grade had their own twist, and students learned so much about this special holiday.
6th Grade Exploratory Spanish: Students were introduced to basic traditions of the holiday, and watched The Book of Life and answered discussion questions that went along with the movie.
7th Grade: Students watched the film, Coco. After, a discussion was facilitated where students provided their opinions on the movie, facts they learned about the holiday, and asked questions. They colored in their own ofrendas (altars) and wrote a reflection underneath.
8th Grade: Students discussed El Día de los Muertos in depth, including many new words in Spanish specific to the holiday. We compared and contrasted Mexican and American views on Death. After watching a video of an American tourist in Oaxaca, Mexico during the holiday being toured by a native Mexican, students discussed what they learned. Later in the week, Ms. Mirabella read the Legend of La Llorona. Students watched an episode of the NBC show, Grimm, which presented its own spin on the infamous Mexican legend. After the episode, students discussed similarities and differences from the legend Ms. Mirabella read and the TV show. Discussions were had on how legends can have different versions because they are passed down orally.
Here are some pictures of our week!