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Chronological Reasoning and Causation

Mexican Culture in Yonkers

  1. Load Day of the Dead Event, Yonkers, The Journal News, 2002 in Main Image Viewer
  2. Load Day of the Dead Event, Yonkers, NY, The Journal News, 2002 in Main Image Viewer
  3. Load Boy Hitting a Pinata, Yonkers, The Journal News, 2002 in Main Image Viewer

Suggested Teaching Instructions

This question is based on the accompanying documents. It has been created in order to test your ability to work with historical documents. Some of these documents have been edited for the purposes of this question. As you analyze the documents, try to understand the source of the document and any point of view that is presented in the document.

Historical context: Mexicans are the fastest-growing group of Latinos in Yonkers, numbering 7,294 in the 2000 Census. Mexican Americans have a very rich cultural and historical heritage that they bring with them when they immigrate.

Task: Using information from the following documents and your own knowledge of history, answer the questions that follow each document in Part A. Your answers to the questions will help you to accomplish the assignment given in Part B, in which you will be asked to use your knowledge of Mexican culture to create a cultural artifact.

PART A Short-Answer Questions

Directions: Read and analyze the documents and answer the short-answer questions in the space provided. Prepare for the reading of the documents by studying the vocabulary definitions that are given before each document.


Using information from at least five of the above documents, and your own knowledge, design a flyer for a workshop on Mexican American culture. The flyer must give information on at least two Mexical cultural celebrations and refer to at least one Mexican folkart tradition. You must also state within the flyer, why Mexican Americans it is important for Mexican Americans to celebrate their cultural heritage.