It’s that time again…time for another holiday unit! I just put the finished the finishing touches on my 3-4 day Cinco de Mayo unit, which you can download here. One of the things that I love about writing cultural lesson plans is that I learn so much in the process! In this case, I had no idea how the Battle of Puebla had impacted the US Civil War. It’s great to be able to teach our students American History and World History simultaneously while acquiring a new language! World Language classes are just the best! For ever more ideas on how to teach your students about Cinco de Mayo, follow my Cinco de Mayo Pinterest board.

To celebrate…go have a Margarita! Mine will be non-alcoholic, thanks to the little boy I’m busy growing. And on that note…YAWN! It’s way too late for me to be awake. Pregnancy requires a lot of sleep! Nighty night!


8 replies on “Cinco de Mayo

  1. Martina,

    I’ve been meaning to ask you about how you use your novels in your curriculum. It seems that I can spend one semester on one novel and another semester on another with little else in between. How do/did you incorporate them? Did you read the entire chapter in class with them or did they read some at home? This is the first year that I’ve used novels entirely for my curriculum. I just want to see what kind of direction I was heading.

    Any advice would be great. Thanks.

    Sent from my iPad


    1. Ryan,
      I taught novels as units in class that lasted anywhere from 6-10 weeks. In between novels, I would teach structures that would be needed to read the next novel that we’d tackle. I never did free-reading with the novels (Bryce Hedstrom has had some great posts about that within the last few months), although I did have some native speakers and oddball students (ex: a girl that had taken 6 years of immersion but was in a 1st year class) do independent novel reading. To see some sample daily lesson plans, just click on “El nuevo houdini” or “esperanza” in the tag cloud in the left margin of this website. I posted all daily lesson plans for those two novels. Email me if you have any follow-up questions!!

  2. Just used the packet today in class and went great! Thank you so much! After reading and discussing the article my students to sidewalk chalk to share important facts about cinco de mayo around the outside of our school today. I’ll try to upload a picture if I can!

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