Viva Cinco de Mayo

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
Pros

  • Promotes the use of context clues when reading
  • Questions address a variety of skills
Cons

  • None