Looking forward to sharing this awesome Dia de los Muertos lesson with my students, as well as with my colleagues. I also want to echo the author’s disruption to the “tourist” approach that is often used with multicultural education. Incorporating curriculum that reflects the identities of our students should be an ongoing, rigorous process- not a break from the “real” curriculum. Our students must be reflected in the “real” curriculum!
As many of you already know, literacy is one of my favorite ways to integrate cultural content, like Día de los Muertos, into a standards based curriculum. Not only does it reinforce the reading or writing skills that we work on throughout the year, it’s also a way to help ensure that we don’t fall into that trap of the “Tourist” approach to multicultural education. Too often when we teach this kind of cultural content, it appears to our students that we’re taking a break from our ‘real’ curriculum to do something fun. While these units can and should be fun, it shouldn’t appear that they’re not authentic and important parts of our curriculum. By combining this content with types of literacy activities done throughout the year, students don’t see these projects as less important than any others.
For today’s En la Clase, I’ve adapted a unit I typically…
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