December 12th is a Mexican National Holiday, and an important day for many Mexican-Americans — The Day Of The Virgin Of Guadalupe.
Many English Language Learners in the United States are from Mexico. Accessible materials on any high-interest topic helps motivate students to be more engaged in learning, plus, with The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, students bring a whole lot of prior knowledge to make make the resources even more accessible to them.
So here’s another “The Best…” list — The Best Sites For Learning And Teaching About The Day Of The Virgin Of Guadalupe:
My top choices for materials accessible to English Language Learners are (not in order of preference):
A short article (with audio support for the text) and slideshow from Minnesota Public Radio.
An audio slideshow from a Texas newspaper that provides a good overview of the day’s history.
An article and slideshow of the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City.
I want to add a slideshow from the Albuquerque Journal about a local celebration of that day to that collection. It has beautiful pictures and great music, though the narration is a bit stilted and probably not very accessible to English Language Learners. Happily, though, there’s only narration for a small portion of the show and most of it is music only.
The Washington Post has a slideshow on the day.
L.A.’s shrines to the Virgen de Guadalupe is from the Los Angeles Times.
Mexicans celebrate Virgen de Guadalupe is a slideshow from The San Francisco Chronicle.
Here’s a useful interactive graphic.
Feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is a photo gallery from The Sacramento Bee.
As always, feedback is welcome.
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