Mexican American Literature and Culture Weekly Update: 12.2-12.5

WARNING:  This is a tentative calendar for the week.  I post this to provide my students with an opportunity to preview the week and to help them plan accordingly.  Sometimes things go exactly as planned and it is amazing. Sometimes they don’t because we might finish an objective faster than anticipated.  Sometimes what I believed would take ten minutes at the beginning of class ends up taking an entire class.  Sometimes there are some mornings when I get ideas and decide to change EVERYTHING because something else seems better.  Anyways, you get the picture: TENTATIVE…otherwise known as maybe, perhaps, we will see.  As my grandmother used to say, “we make plans and the universe laughs”.

Monday 12.1 Non Student Day

 

Tuesday 12.2: “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” film

UNIT GOAL: After investigating and analyzing perspectives on Mexican American War through primary documents, art, corridos and cuentos students will write a complete a unit portfolio which evaluates the impact of the annexation of Mexico’s northern territories by the United States on contemporary Mexican American culture, identity, and politics.

Objective: After completing Cornell Notes while viewing the film, “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez,”  students will be able to summarize the film and write a character analysis of masculine figures as depicted in corridos.  

Handouts: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez Film Notes

Homework: Notebooks due 12.19, Field Trip to LA Plaza on January 16

Wednesday 12.3: “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” film

UNIT GOAL: After investigating and analyzing perspectives on Mexican American War through primary documents, art, corridos and cuentos students will write a complete a unit portfolio which evaluates the impact of the annexation of Mexico’s northern territories by the United States on contemporary Mexican American culture, identity, and politics.

Objective: After completing Cornell Notes while viewing the film, “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez,”  students will be able to summarize the film and write a character analysis of masculine figures as depicted in corridos.  

Handouts: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez Film Notes, Summary Template

Homework: Notebooks due 12.19, Field Trip to LA Plaza on January 16

Thursday 12.4: “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” film

UNIT GOAL: After investigating and analyzing perspectives on Mexican American War through primary documents, art, corridos and cuentos students will write a complete a unit portfolio which evaluates the impact of the annexation of Mexico’s northern territories by the United States on contemporary Mexican American culture, identity, and politics.

Objective: After completing Cornell Notes while viewing the film, “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez,” students will be able to summarize the film and write a character analysis of masculine figures as depicted in corridos.

Handouts: Corridos InfosheetCorridos NotesEl Corrido de Gregorio Cortez, Background

Homework: Notebooks due 12.19, Field Trip to LA Plaza on January 16

Friday 12.5: “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” Progress Check

UNIT GOAL: After investigating and analyzing perspectives on Mexican American War through primary documents, art, corridos and cuentos students will write a complete a unit portfolio which evaluates the impact of the annexation of Mexico’s northern territories by the United States on contemporary Mexican American culture, identity, and politics.

Objective: After completing Cornell Notes while viewing the film, “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez,”  students will be able to summarize the film and write a character analysis of masculine figures as depicted in corridos.  

Handouts: Corridos InfosheetCorridos NotesEl Corrido de Gregorio Cortez, Film Questions

Homework: Notebooks due 12.19, Field Trip to LA Plaza on January 16