Lesson Plan

Día de los Muertos: Traditions in History

Sugar skulls and fancy dress aren't all there is to the Day of the Dead. In this lesson students will learn about several societies that celebrate their dead, as well as some of the history behind the traditions of the Día de los Muertos.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to compare and contrast various cultures' Day of the Dead celebrations. Students will be able to discuss and compare artwork styles.


(10 minutes)
Days of the Dead Around the WorldDía de los Muertos: A Catholic and Aztec TraditionAztec Art & Día de los Muertos
  • Tell the students that today they will be learning about how different cultures celebrate their dead, specifically focusing on the Día de los Muertos.
  • Activate any prior knowledge by asking students questions. Great example questions include: Can anyone think of a feast of the dead that is popular in current times? Can any of you tell us a little about the Día de los Muertos?
  • Create a KWL Chart on the board.