As our Olympic theme this week is all about this vibrant country, we are going to do something a little bit different and the written literacy will be a little more relaxed and more like topic work!
Mexican culture is really interesting and one of the most important events that takes place is a big festival called Dia De Los Muertos, or...
DAY OF THE DEAD
that sounds fairly scary doesn't it?!
However, for Mexican people it is far from scary and in fact it is a time when people celebrate and honour the lives of relatives that have died.
Below is a simple film that shows you what the festival is like and follows a young girl as she learns about the traditions of the event.
Here is a brief synopsis of the film to help you follow!
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday which is celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
In the film there is a young girl decorating the grave of her mother. It is quite a sad scene in contrast to the party scene in the nearby village
However, after a few moments a delicate blue flower grows from the grave. As the girl tries to pluck it from the ground it wraps around her wrist and pulls her down into an underground world
Here the girl meets a band of Mariachi Skeletons and a skeleton lady who takes her on a fun adventure, dancing and partying across the underworld.
Soon the festivities come to an end and the girl realises the skeleton is her mother. The film shifts back to the 'real' world cemetery and we see the girl imagining she is hugging her mother once more. At this point the girl seems to be much happier, maybe because she has had an experience with her mother, she skips off down the path to join in the party!
Plans for each day
As an opener, for today's activity, you need to watch the video.
As you watch, write down the first ten words that enter your head as the events unfold.
Thinking about the video, briefly describe in simple terms, how you felt watching the video.
What was your reaction?
Did your feelings change as you watched it?
How do you now feel about a festival which actually celebrates people who are no longer living?
Tuesday and Wednesday
Over the next two days you are going to be creating your own Information leaflet so that visitors to the country will have better idea of what the festival is all about.
To help you plan you can use the Resources section - and link back to your ideas from yesterday. You will need to use the following resources:
Use the 6Ws sheet to create your ideas on the first day and begin to draft out the format of the leaflet on the second day.
Today you are actually going to create the information leaflet. Use the resources section and look at:
The ideas are there for you (I think this is not too bad in terms of information, but is pretty awful in terms of presentation - it lacks imagination and YOU can do better!) Your job is to make your leaflet worth reading and something that uses the facts you have collected to make people want to take part and understand why the event is so important.
**TOP TIP** - Earn bonus points by researching and including "Did you know" facts as little enticing snippets of information. Good luck!
Today you can choose an activity from the Topic page! Why not consider making an exciting Mexican Salsa - or even design your own mask! Other ideas are found at this web address.