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More Than A Fiesta: Exploring Mexican Independence Day

Although it is debated whether to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 15th and/or 16th, this holiday is celebrated worldwide, with large celebrations in cities like Houston. As such, teaching students about the history and context behind the holiday can provide personal and cultural relevance. The resources included in this collection offer lesson plans, videos, articles and more to help make your Mexican Independence Day instruction engaging and meaningful to your older students.
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More Than A Fiesta: Exploring Mexican Independence Day
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This video by Somos Raza is perfect for whole class instruction or for students to review on their own. The images are awesome and the information provides an excellent, detailed examination of the Mexican fight for independence. I especially like the personal facts included about the major figures during this period of Mexican history.
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    What Donald Trump Can Learn from Mexican Independence Day

    4 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    Heather Dockray does an amazing job of relating the historic fight for Mexican Independence from Spain to a current controversial political ideology. Whether you (or your students) agree with Trump or not, this article raises excellent questions for discussion, debate, and further research. I recommend using this article to explore current and future perceptions of Hispanic/Latino history, culture, and global influence.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This infographic presents the key figures in the Mexican fight for independence, in particular, those hailed in El Grito. This resource is not only great as a poster, but also to generate discussion about the role of religion, women, and more in the Mexican revolution against Spain.
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    Caste and Politics in the Struggle for Mexican Independence: Digital Collections for the Classroom

    7 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    This detailed article by Hana Layson, Charlotte Ross, and Christopher Boyer is excellent to use for whole or small group lecture or to share with students fo independent exploration. There is more than enough information provided to also use this resource as a springboard for discussion, research, and/or extension.
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    Tracy Pinkard says:
    This article is a great resource for students to begin to independently explore more about the circumstances surrounding Mexico's fight for independence from Spanish rule. Packed with interesting facts, contextual references, and detailed information about the major figures in Mexican Independence, this website is also well-organized, with language and vocabulary appropriate for older students.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    Eddie G! has created an entertaining and informative video history of the fight for Mexican independence. There are so many excellent points for discussion and further research that you could pause the video every five seconds! But don't - play it through (at least the first time) for a captivating way to introduce students to Mexican Independence Day. While a comment at about minute 03:16 could be controversial, the other three minutes or so are definitely worth bookmarking this video.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    LessonPlanet provides an extensive list of lesson plans related to the Mexican War for Independence. Although this is a paid site, a free trial is offered and the quantity of quality of the lesson plans make it worth it. The lesson plans are organized for easy perusal, indicate the targeted grade levels, are generally standards-aligned, and most of all explore Mexican independence in innovative and effective ways.
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BloomBoard Asks:What are some ways of the strategies you use with your students to examine the cultural, political, economic and other contextual factors precepitating the Mexican fight for independence from Spain?