Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, commemorates the defeat of the French by the Mexican Army in 1862. It’s a holiday in some parts of Mexico, and is celebrated by Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans in the United States.
Finding high-interest materials for students to read, and activating prior knowledge, are both good instructional strategies, so in that spirit I offer another “The Best…” list.
You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Mexico, Central & South America.
All of these sites are accessible to English Language Learners.
Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Teaching & Learning About Cinco de Mayo:
EL Civics has a good Cinco de Mayo Lesson designed for English Language Learners..
The History Channel has a Cinco de Mayo feature.
This is a simple historical explanation by Social Studies for Kids.
How Stuff Works has a presentation on How Cinco de Mayo Works.
Glencoe has an online slideshow on the day’s history.
For students who are not from Mexico (and for those who are) here are some accessible links for them to learn some basic information about the country:
Apples 4 The Teacher has a “talking book” about Mexico.
Brainpop, Jr. has a movie about Mexico, though you need to have a paid subscription to view it.
MSNBC has a short article on President Obama’s celebration of the holiday.
A Brief History of Cinco de Mayo is a TIME Magazine slideshow.
Read Write Think has a number of good resources, including lesson plans, related to the holiday.
The Detroit News has a slideshow about a local Cinco de Mayo Parade.
ESL Holiday Lessons has a lesson for English Language Learners about the holiday.
Cinco De Mayo History: 7 Must-Know Facts About The Annual Celebration is a slideshow from The Huffington Post.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here’s a short excerpt from PBS’s profile of America’s first all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles:
Remember, Remember, The Fifth Of May is a very good NY Times article on Cinco de Mayo.
Rethinking Cinco de Mayo is from The Zinn Education Project.
What to Really Eat on Cinco de Mayo is from Smithsonian Magazine.
Gustavo Arellano, creator of the “Ask A Mexican” series, has a different perspective on Cinco de Mayo:
In pictures: Mexico celebrates Cinco de Mayo is from the BBC.
Cinco De Mayo: A Quintessentially ‘American’ Holiday is from NBC News.
Three Ways to Reclaim Cinco de Mayo is from Zaretta Hammond.
Did You Know? Cinco de Mayo Celebrates the Battle of Puebla is from Smithsonian Magazine.
This is What Happened on the First Cinco de Mayo is from TIME.
Beware the annual Cinco de Mayo #FAIL is from CNN.
Revisionist history turns Cinco de Mayo into American party day is from Bay News.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Read this first. is from Fusion.
Here are Cinco de Mayo videos from Watch Know Learn.
What Is Cinco de Mayo? is from Teaching Tolerance.
The Historically Accurate Way to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo is from TIME.
HOW TO NOT CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE CINCO DE MAYO is from 303 Magazine (thanks to Ray Salazar).
CELEBRATING THE HISTORY BEHIND CINCO DE MAYO is a short and accessible text from The Smithsonian.
I’d certainly be interested in hearing other suggestions, so please feel free to leave them in the comments section.