Viva Cinco de Mayo

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Many people think Cinco de Mayo is the celebration Mexican independence, but they're incorrect. Learn about the battle of Puebla and the victory of General Zaragoza with a short reading passage that includes comprehension and vocabulary questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include in a homework packet during a study of Mexican history
  • Incorporate the key terms into a weekly vocabulary list
  • Have learners write a journal entry about their perceptions of the holiday, and reflect back on what they have learned after completing the reading assignment
  • Use as an assessment for informational text reading
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of a larger unit, but works as a stand-alone assignment
  • Promotes the use of context clues when reading
  • Questions address a variety of skills
  • None