Everything you need to understand or teach The Underdogs (novel) by Mariano Azuela.
The Underdogs follows the rise and fall of Demetrio Macias and his band of rebels during the Mexican Revolution of the early nineteen hundreds. The novel charts Demetrio's rise from farmer to general of the northern rebel army, and his subsequent decline and the deterioration of his army.
Demetrio is forced to flee from his farm by Federal soldiers, and he accumulates a group of twenty similarly disaffected peasant men. In a skirmish with Federals, in which Demetrio's band is greatly outmatched, Demetrio nevertheless displays superior tactics and marksmanship, causing the Federals to retreat, though he is shot and becomes very sick in the process.
Feverish, Demetrio is brought to a ranch where his men are hailed as heroes of the peasants. There, he meets a man named Luis Cervantes, a former medical student who provides a larger, intellectual perspective on the Revolution. Demetrio becomes smitten with a...
The Underdogs a Novel of the Mexican Revolution Lesson Plans contain 120 pages of teaching material, including: