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Curricular Materials - Teaching Cinco de Mayo

CLACS_K-12_CincodeMayo.jpgThis unit presents social, political, and geographical information about Mexico and the United States so that students can critically investigate “El Cinco de Mayo.” It is divided into two curricula, the first geared toward third-grade learners; these resources apply to both the world history and geography themes of the NYS Social Studies Standards. The second curriculum is geared toward high school students, and addresses the Battle of Puebla (El Cinco de Mayo), the French Intervention in Mexico, the U.S. Civil War, the Monroe Doctrine, Abolition, the Treaty of Guadalupe, and the Gadsden Purchase; these materials may be paired with U.S. history curriculum focusing on 1810-1867. These resources can be modified for use with other age groups.

“Teaching El Cinco de Mayo” explores the following questions:
• Who writes history?
• How are different perspectives treated in the telling of history?
• What role does patriotism play in the context of Mexico, the United States?
• Who creates borders, and why?
• What are some of the historical and social meanings of El Cinco de Mayo in contemporary Mexico, in contemporary United States?


“What is El Cinco de Mayo” curricular materials were created in 2012 by Elizabeth Frankel-Rivera of PS 333 Manhattan School for Children as part of a NYU CLACS collaboration with Lehman College, CUNY, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and Mi Casa Es Puebla NY/NJ.

“El Cinco de Mayo: An Investigation into Parallel Histories of the U.S. and Mexico” curricular materials were created in 2012 by Marisa Cadena Belski, MA Candidate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University and CLACS K-12 Outreach Program Coordinator.

Curriculum - What is El Cinco de Mayo?

Background Essay (PDF)
Key Objectives (PDF)
Activity 1 (PDF)
Activity 2 (PDF)
Activity 3 (PDF)
Bibliography (PDF)


Curriculum - El Cinco de Mayo: An Investigation into Parallel Histories of the U.S. and Mexico

Background Essay (PDF)
Objectives and Key Vocabulary (PDF)
Timeline (PDF)
Activity 1 (PDF)
Activity 2 (PDF)
Activity 3 (PDF)
Activity 4 (PDF)
Activity 5 (PDF)
Activity 6 (PDF)
Bibliography (PDF)


Supplementary Resources

What is El Cinco de Mayo?
"Puebla" by moe on YouTube
"Mexico lindo y querido" by Jorge Negrete on YouTube
moe. - Puebla Lyrics
Mexico Lindo Y Querido lyrics
Mexican Cession in Mexican View


El Cinco de Mayo: An Investigation into Parallel Histories of the U.S. and Mexico
"Manifest Destiny" Educational Rap by MC LaLa, found on YouTube
"Mexican Government Makes Claim to North America" - CNN Glenn Beck on "illegal" immigration
PBS Educational Web Portal about the US-Mexican War, 1846-1848 (RealPlayer required)
"Official" website for 5 de mayo per the government of Puebla
"The Chicano Movement: The Meaning of Chicano" by Telodigo Sinmadera
“Don’t hijack Cinco de Mayo” article by Bill Gallegos and Bernardo Rosa - usatoday.com
History.com webpage with videos, facts, links and more