This year, I have created an interactive, Choose Your Own Adventure style reading activity that will hopefully help them to see the history behind this holiday and what it has come to represent for modern day Mexicans and high school students who will try anything for a day off. In this activity, the students will play the role of Benito Juarez, and be asked to make the same decisions he had to make. Will he pay the money Mexico owes to Spain, France, and Britain? Will he wait until the French reach the Capital before he rallies his troops? Will he sit on the beach and drink Piña Coladas after the Battle of Puebla? What WILL he do?
Here is the link:
Cinco de Mayo: What Would Benito Juarez Do?