Memorial Middle School Celebrates Its Annual “Dia de Los Muertos”
At Memorial Middle School, all Spanish I and II students participated in the annual “Dia de los Muertos” altar project. After completing a lesson on the celebration including a study on the various cultures, traditions and the history associated with the festivity, Spanish teacher, Mrs. Blanca Williams, tasked her students with creating an altar of their own. The activity involved students conducting independent research and transitioned into a family involved project as students had to interview family members to learn more about their loved ones that have passed on. Spanish I students rooted their studies on vocabulary and history, while Spanish II students researched symbolism and applied their learning to their own self-created altar. The annual class project allowed for multiple learning opportunities which included learning how to make flowers using tissue paper and also served as a bridge between students and families as they braved personal discussions on sensitive but meaningful topics. The final projects submitted ranged from a display of the basic understanding of the celebration and demonstrated the correct use of leveled spaces. While others developed true works of art, dedicated to remembering students’ loved ones. Spanish classes of MMS would like to thank all the families that took part in this successful learning event and a special thanks to our local H.E.B for their donation of a colorful “Dia de los Muertos” poster for the final display.