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Mexican Flag Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

Learning about the history of different countries and cultures is fun. Your students will have an enjoyable learning experience as they read and discuss a text lesson, create their own versions of the Mexican flag and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify the Mexican flag
  • Describe the history and meaning of the Mexican flag

Length

1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

Materials

Instructions

  • Begin your lesson by displaying the flags of different countries and asking your students to identify as many flags as they can.
  • Tell your students that they are going to learn more about the Mexican flag today as they read The Mexican Flag: History & Meaning. Distribute the copies of the lesson to your students.
  • Select students to read a paragraph each of the lesson. Read the lesson and pause for discussions along the way.
  • Read from the beginning and stop after reading 'The Flag of Mexico' section. Ask and discuss:
    • In what year did Mexico gain its independence?
    • What colors are on the Mexican flag?
    • In what year was the flag formally adopted?
  • Continue reading through the end of 'The Eagle and the Cactus' section. Now, ask and discuss:
    • What are the two parts to the Mexican flag?
    • What is on the central emblem of the Mexican flag?
    • Where does the name 'Mexico' come from?
    • Why is an eagle and cactus used on the flag?
  • Continue reading through 'The Colored Bands' section, then ask and discuss:
    • What does red represent on the flag?
    • What does white represent on the flag?
    • What does green represent on the flag?
    • When did the Mexican War of Independence begin?
    • Who became the independence movement's greatest hero?
    • Who wrote the Plan de Iguala?
    • What are the Three Guarantees?
    • How are the Three Guarantees represented on the flag?
  • Read the Lesson Summary to your students and answer any questions they may have.

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