WEEKLY LEARNING: Middle School Reading and Spanish Class
Students in Mrs. Pezzani-Rovira’s Journeys in Reading class and Mrs. Sainz’s Spanish class, celebrated Mexican heritage this week by learning more about Cinco de Mayo. Did you know, that although it’s a national holiday in Mexico, the celebration of Cinco de Mayo is actually more popular in the United States? Despite this, many Americans don’t know about the rich Mexican history surrounding this holiday, commonly mistaking it for Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.
Journeys students began by brainstorming what they already knew about Cinco de Mayo. This baseline information provided them with a springboard for extending their learning, which they accomplished by reading historical documents, participating in a knowledge scavenger hunt, and viewing a video chronicling the Battle of Puebla. In order to demonstrate their understanding of the explored events, students were tasked with completing three activities from a choice board (out of a total of 9 possibilities). Some of the activities that they could select from included comparing Cinco de Mayo to another holiday or national celebration, writing a newspaper article from the perspective of a reporter in Mexico, or creating a web diagram outlining historical facts about Cinco de Mayo.
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