Lesson Plan

Teach This Poem: "Tamales on Christmas" by Christian Robinson

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A lesson spotlights the poem "Tamales on Christmas" by Christian Robinson. Scholars discuss their favorite foods and then examine a lively picture of a family preparing tamales. After listening to the poem twice, learners participate in a small group discussion, then a whole-class discussion. Middle schoolers go on to write a poem about food, and high schoolers compose a written piece following a specific prompt.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Direct class members to draw a picture similar to that in the lesson; one that showcases their family making a meal
  • Make the lesson part of Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15 through October 15, or during the winter holidays 
Classroom Considerations
  • The poem mentions death; this may be a sensitive topic for learners
  • Requires projection equipment to display the picture, internet access, and audio for the video
  • Includes a video of the poet reading his poem
  • The image of the painting brings to life a perfect visual representation of the poem
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