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In Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve's short story "The Medicine Bag," Martin's grandpa visits him and passes down a medicine bag to him, an important object in their family.Pair “The Medicine Bag” with “Día De Los Muertos Comes To Life Across The Mexican Diaspora” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore the value of traditions. What does the medicine bag mean to Martin’s grandpa? How does this compare to the practices common for Day of the Dead? How do both traditions help people face the loss of a loved one?
In Alan King's poem "The Listener," the speaker hears someone laugh and is reminded of his deceased aunt.Pair “The Listener” with “Día De Los Muertos Comes To Life Across the Mexican Diaspora” and ask students to discuss how speakers in both pieces remember loved ones who have died. Based on the information in “The Listener," how does the speaker remember his aunt? How does this differ from and compare to how Adolfo Arguello and his family remember loved ones who have passed away?
In this informational text, Jessica McBirney explores how the Chicano Movement emerged in the 1960s to empower Mexican Americans and created lasting change in education, workers' rights, and politics.Pair “The Chicano Movement” with “Día De Los Muertos Comes To Life Across The Mexican Diaspora” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore expressing and embracing one’s identity. Based on the information in “The Chicano Movement,” how do you think Mexican Americans were treated for publically celebrating Día de los Muertos in the past? Why do students think Mexican Americans celebrated Día de los Muertos during the Chicano Movement as a show of pride?
In "The Origins of Memorial Day," the history of how Memorial Day has changed over the years is discussed.Pair “Dia de los Muertos Comes to Life Across the Mexican Diaspora” with “The Origins of Memorial Day” and ask students to compare the two holidays. Who does each holiday honor? How are the dead celebrated during each holiday? Who participates in each holiday? How did each holiday begin? How have they evolved?
In "'My heart is in Arlington': What Memorial Day means to one Gold Star family," Dustin Jones tells the story of a family who uses Memorial Day to grieve their son, a soldier killed in Afghanistan.Pair “Día de los Muertos Comes to Life Across the Mexican Diaspora” with “‘My heart is in Arlington’: What Memorial Day means to one Gold Star family” and ask students to compare Día de los Muertos to Memorial Day. According to “Día de los Muertos Comes to Life Across the Mexican Diaspora,” what are the meaning and customs of Día de los Muertos? According to “‘My heart is in Arlington’: What Memorial Day means to one Gold Star family,” what customs does the Piers family observe on Memorial Day? What makes these two holidays similar? What makes them different?
In "Chanukah Lights Tonight," the speaker describes a Chanukah celebration in Omaha, Nebraska. Pair “Día de los Muertos Comes to Life Across the Mexican Diaspora” with “Chanukah Lights Tonight” and ask students to discuss the role that location plays in relation to cultural traditions and customs. According to “Día de los Muertos Comes to Life Across the Mexican Diaspora,” how are people of Mexican ancestry celebrating Día de los Muertos outside of Mexico? According to the speaker in “Chanukah Lights Tonight,” how is celebrating Chanukah in Omaha similar to or different from the Chanukah celebrations of their youth in the city? How do traditions both evolve and stay the same based on where they are celebrated?