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Lesson Plans

Dia do los Muertos

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Mark Alexander (Alexander)mamjam)
Tue, 17 Sep 1996 11:59:00 -0500

Ditte Wolff posted some fun project ideas for recognition of the Mexican
holiday Dia do los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. I'm considering doing
something with the idea, but I need to know more about the holiday. Does
anyone have details they could post? When is it?

Mark Alexander

On 7/8/96 Ditte Wolff wrote:

>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.

  • Maybe reply: Ditte Wolff: "Re: Dia do los Muertos"