New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_3084
Picadores, matadores, and other participants entering a bull ring crowded with spectators in Mexico.
Based on the part of the bullring you can see in the photograph, what shape is the bullring?
Does the bullring remind you of arenas used for other sports? Which sports? In what ways are they the same?
In what ways could a bullfight be dangerous?
Do you think a bullfight is a fair fight? If not, who do you think has the advantage - the bull or the human? Why?
Why do you think bullfighting is popular in Mexico?
What is the most popular sport in Mexico?
Research the history of bullfighting. How did bullfighting begin? In what countries is it popular? How has the sport changed over time? Create a play showing how bullfighting was performed in different stages of the sport's history.
Math: How many people does the Plaza Mexico bullring hold? If the bullring were half full, how many people would be present? How many people does the largest football stadium in the United States hold? If all the people who could fit into the Plaza Mexico were to move into the largest American football stadium, how full would the stadium be?
Science: Research the bulls used for bullfights. Which breeds are used? What characteristics are desirable for a fighting bull? How are these characteristics developed? How is a bull cared for to prepare it for bullfighting? Draw a diagram of an ideal bull for bullfighting and label the characteristics that would make it a good fighting bull.
English Language Arts: Write a letter to your legislator arguing why bullfighting should or should not be legal in your state.
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