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Lesson Plans

Day of the Dead

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Ditte Wolff (
Mon, 8 Jul 1996 23:47:30 -0600

Kids at the junior and senior high levels always seem to like to draw
skulls and skeletons, so the Dia do los Muertos is an obvious place to have
some fun with this subject. Check out Jose Guadalupe Posada as the Mexican
artist who really took off with the Calaveras (skeletons) An idea that I
have used in various forms, usually successfully. Give the kids a ditto of
a skeleton in various positions ( front, side and back view. Either allow
them to cut them apart of just redraw. Then dress them in whatever
costume/clothing allowing parts of the skeleton to show through. Encourage
interaction between the figures and possibly making a social or political
comment on human behavior. This is right in line with the images that
Posada would have made. It is fun to see the kids ideas blossom. I have
had football games with skeletons, beauty pagents, court scenes, school
dances, etc. A variation could be based using only the skull and
decorating it with hats, flowers, etc. Designing and making altars are
always a fun possibility. Marigolds must be a part if you are to
incorporate tradition.