New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_12236
La Plaza de la Constitucion, or El Zocalo, in Mexico City, 1922.
What makes the Plaza in the photograph a good place for Mexicans to gather for important events?
Where do people in your city or town gather for big events?
The inauguration of Mexico's new presidents takes place at the Plaza. Who is the current president of Mexico?
Mexican Independence Day also is celebrated in the Plaza. When is Mexican Independence Day? How is it celebrated? What year did Mexico gain its independence?
Find a modern photograph of the Plaza de la Constitution. How has the Plaza changed since 1922? How has it stayed the same?
Why is the Plaza de la Constitucion nicknamed El Zocalo?
Math: Measure and find the area of a town square, plaza, or park in your community. How many people would fit in the square, plaza, or park if each person needed nine square feet to stand?
Science: What is causing buildings in Mexico City to sink into the ground? Is this a problem at the Plaza de la Constitucion? Brainstorm possible solutions to the problem.
Goodwin, William. Mexico (Modern Nations of the World). San Diego: Lucent, 1999.
Heinrichs, Ann. Mexico (A True Book). Danbury: Children's Press, 1997.
Jermyn, Leslie, and Mary-Jo Reilly. Mexico (Cultures of the World). New York: Benchmark, 2002.