Day of the Dead – Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Top 10 things to know about the Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos is celebrated across Mexico with skulls, skeletons, and graveside visits—but what does this beloved holiday really represent?

1. The holiday dates back thousands of years.

2. It has been recognized by UNESCO.

3. Altars are an important tradition…

4. …and so are literary calaveras…

5. …especially the calavera Catrina.


6. Families bring food to the dead.

7. People dress in costumes.

8. Streets are decorated in papel picado.

9. Mexico City hosts an iconic parade.

10. Other communities celebrate in unique ways.

Countless communities in Mexico celebrate Day of the Dead, but styles and customs differ by region, depending on the region’s predominant pre-Hispanic culture

Day of the Dead is a holiday to remember loved ones by sharing a meal with them as one would when they were alive.

Plant The Seed - Unpack Your Thinking

Looking: 10 x 2 Visual Thinking Strategy

This week our thinking routines resource comes from the Harvard Project Zero Thinking Routines.

In the 10 x 2 Visual Thinking Strategy, students are shown an image of an artwork for 30 seconds and then asked to write down ten words or phrases that come to mind regarding the picture. Once students have completed their 10 words/phrases, they repeat the activity, with another 30 seconds to relook at the artwork, and then recording another ten words or phrases, different from the first.


David Lozeau creates Day of the Dead art in a non-traditional way, injecting modern, Lowbrow style into the centuries-old Dia de los Muertos subject matter. He paints unique, expressive skeleton characters and layers enamel over acrylics and gouache to achieve fine details and a smooth, bright finish for his graphic novelesque presentation. This is his way of celebrating and paying homage to his favorite time of year.

Nature Lovers

  1. Look at the image quietly for at least 30 seconds. Let your eyes wander
  2. List 10 words or phrases about any aspect of the picture.
  3. Take two and do the above steps again. 


The Global Write Team would love to see your notebook pages. Don’t forget to post them to our Wakelet Gallery.

Modelled Thinking

Here is my Look: 10 x 2 – Bronwyn Joyce The Global Write Creator

Let's Write

Prompt 1


Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration that takes place in Mexico, as well as many other Latin American and South American countries on November 2nd every year. During this holiday, families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed family members. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. Day of the Dead is a rare holiday for celebrating death and life. 


Please join us in celebrating this beautiful tradition by creating your own Calavera Mask using the template provided below.  Record a response, sharing your creation. 

Happy Dia de los Muertos!

Prompt 2

100 Word Challenge

This looks like a mysterious place. Tell us about it in 100 words. You can write a story, a description or even a persuasive piece. Upload your writing to The Global Write Wakelet Gallery. Be Creative!

Prompt 3


The Global Write Weekly Choice Board. This weeks choice board has been created by Ms. Castiglione at Westmoreland Central School, USA.

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The Day of the Dead and the SDGs

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