Here are 10 Cinco de Mayo writing prompts you can use to ring in the holiday with your classroom or your own personal journal. If you enjoyed these prompts, buy the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Holidays on Amazon.
Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates a Mexican battle in which the
country defeated a French army nearly twice its size. Describe an example from
your life when you knew someone who prevailed despite difficult odds. Why do
you think most people love an underdog story?
While CDM is popular in the United States, it isn't heavily
celebrated in Mexico. What might have held the holiday back from becoming
popular in Mexico? Why do you think the holiday took off in the U.S.?
783. CDM has become a major holiday for the celebration of Mexican
heritage in the U.S. What are your favorite aspects of Mexican culture and why?
The holiday became more popular when major companies learned how they could
make money from it. Imagine that you and your friends have found a way to earn
some cash from promoting an obscure holiday. What would the holiday be and how
would you earn your fortune?
Mexican food, a major part any CDM celebration, has become much more
popular in the United States over the last few decades. What is your favorite
type of ethnic food and why do you enjoy it so much?
Denver's CDM celebration is full of Mexican music and dancing
including mariachi songs, Tejano-style pop, and sultry salsa dancers. Do you
think dancing is a big part of the American culture? Why or why not?
In Nevada, part of the Cinco de Mayo celebration includes art, entertainment
and Mexican-style wrestling called lucha libre. Imagine that you filled for a
masked Mexican wrestler as part of the festival. Describe the experience from
beginning to end.
While many people assume that CDM is the same as Mexican Independence
Day, that holiday actually occurs in September. Why do you think the May
holiday has become a bigger deal in the U.S. even though it only celebrates a
single military victory?
In Chandler, Arizona, the Chihuahua is a CDM festival in which the
tiny hairless pups engage in adorable races. What might it look like to see
Chihuahuas racing down the street? Would you enjoy such an event? Why or why
790. While Hispanic culture has become more
accepted in the United States, there is still rampant discrimination against
Latin Americans. How do you think Cinco de Mayo could be used to reduce that
discrimination? What might have to happen for such racism to be thrown out the
window and why?
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