Spanish students have spent much of the month of November examining the Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). This unit has served as their first in-depth cultural analysis. Classes have studied its origins, its rich history, its essential elements, the vocabulary associated with it, and the various ways it is celebrated by Mexicans and Mexican Americans. In 6th grade, the unit has been a continuation of the cross-disciplinary unit that the class began in Social Studies with Ms. Buckman and in ELA with Ms. Parker at the end of October. To culminate the unit, students decorated typical Día de Muertos altars. The 7th grade students also ate delicious tamales to celebrate the occasion.