Teaching Students About El Mencho
Educators play a crucial role in shaping the minds of young learners and fostering an environment where students can grow and thrive. In today’s global society, it is crucial for students to be aware of current events and understand the broader context of how these events affect the world. Teaching about El Mencho, an infamous Mexican drug lord, provides students with a unique lens to explore issues related to crime, drugs, politics, and international relations. In this article, we provide a comprehensive lesson plan for teaching students about El Mencho.
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
1. Understand who El Mencho is and his role as the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).
2. Analyze the rise of drug cartels in Mexico and their impact on society.
3. Discuss the socio-economic factors that contribute to the growth of cartels in Mexico.
4. Explore government responses to drug cartels and critique their effectiveness.
5. Appreciate how international relations play a part in addressing drug trafficking.
– Newspaper articles or online resources related to El Mencho
– Webquest worksheet
– Map of Mexico
– Sticky notes or index cards
– Writing materials (pencils, pens)
– Poster boards or butcher paper
Gather newspaper articles or online resources that cover different aspects of El Mencho’s life, criminal activities, and dealings with Mexican authorities and international agencies like the DEA. Consider including resources that focus on the socio-economic factors contributing to cartel growth and government responses.
1. Introduction (20 minutes)
– Introduce El Mencho as a high-profile drug lord who currently leads one of Mexico’s most powerful cartels.
– Share key statistics related to cartel violence in Mexico to emphasize its relevance.
– Lead a class discussion on what students know about cartels and the Mexican drug war and their impacts on Mexican society.
2. Webquest (30 minutes)
– Break students into small groups.
– Distribute the webquest worksheet, which guides students through various resources that cover El Mencho’s background, role in CJNG, and his influence on Mexican society.
– Instruct students to take notes during their research.
3. Group Discussion and Map Exercise (30 minutes)
– Reconvene as a class and have each group share their insights from the webquest.
– On a large map of Mexico, have students place sticky notes or index cards with key information related to the locations of major cartel operations and activities linked to El Mencho.
4. Socio-Economic Factors and Government Responses (30 minutes)
– Divide students into two groups: one for socio-economic factors contributing to cartel growth in Mexico, and another for examining government responses.
– Each group will research and create a poster or visual display that summarizes their findings, considering the implications for broader society.
5. Presentations (20 minutes)
– Have each group present their findings to the class.
– Allow time for questions from other students.