K-12 Teacher Workshop on Mexican Corridos

K-12 Teacher Workshop on Mexican Corridos

Detail, Woodcut, De Francisco Moreno Capdevila, from El Coyote—Corrido De La Revolucion, Celedonio Serrano Martinez, Mexico, 1951

"Ballads Without Borders: The Mexican Corrido Past & Present" will examine the history, development and significance of one of Mexico's most popular and enduring oral traditions.

Days of Instruction: 

March 25 - March 26, 2013 (Monday & Tuesday, LAUSD Spring Recess)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Approved for 1 LAUSD Multicultural salary point


This intensive two-day workshop will explore the history, development and significance of the corrido, a traditional musical folk ballad considered to be one of Mexico’s most popular and enduring oral traditions. For over two centuries, corridos have related the concerns, triumphs and struggles of people in greater Mexico, the border region of Northern Mexico and the American Southwest. This workshop will demonstrate how corridos document Mexican and U.S. history from the perspective of urban and rural working class people, and how these unique accounts address socio-cultural themes related to the region.

The workshop will feature scholars who will present on corridos written prior to beginning of the Mexican Revolution through their more current popular forms, including the narcocorrido, a ballad which chronicles drug trafficking and the current drug cartel phenomenon.

In addition to cross-disciplinary analyses and interpretations of the corrido, the workshop will include curriculum development sessions to guide teachers through the themes engaged to produce standards-based lesson plans for their students. The workshop’s exploration of the corrido’s literary and musical form will provide teachers with a bridge between U.S. and Mexican history and a tool for creating engaging discussions. Moreover, participants will gain keen insight into the history and conditions which inform and influence the culture and identity of many of their students’ communities.


Open to current K-12 educators. Most suitable for high school and middle school social studies, history, and language arts teachers.


$70 (Includes course materials, parking, breakfast & refreshments).


Registration for the workshop is completed in two steps:
1. Submission of short online application
2. Online Payment (Debit/Credit Card: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover)

Registration Deadline: March 20. Limited Seating Available.

All participants are expected to be present and actively involved both days of the workshop. To receive LAUSD salary credit, teachers are required to complete all assignments and produce a curriculum development project that incorporates material learned into standards-based lesson plans centered on the workshop's themes.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Mexican Studies


Download file:CorridosFlyer-yr-t50.pdf

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013