David Zayas Mural

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Secondary Social Studies

David Zayas Mural - Lesson Activity

Read the David Zayas’ Biography and watch his video:
David ZAYAS is a fine artist and muralist. In 2012 he created UN ZAYAS POR DIA project, reaching countries such as Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, and the USA. Society is the main theme of his work – Us, human beings. He portrays this theme through images of children, women, and animals.

2. Look closely at the David Zayas' mural. List some of the things David painted that could represent culture and symbolism?

Extension Activity

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Have you seen any of the murals in Lynn before?
Does studying the murals make you want to go and see them in person?
Do you think having murals in the city makes it special?
Did the mural(s), the symbolism, or the artist’s story make you think about your life and experiences?
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Secondary ELA

David Zayas Mural - Lesson Plan


Integrate visual information (e.g., charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on discipline-specific topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Analyze aspects of culture and symbolism present within the mural.
  • Create symbols that represent strength and the human spirit.
  • Compare and contrast symbols in two murals painted by the same artist.
  • Vocabulary: Symbol, Symbolism, Inspiration, Rooster.


  1. Read David Zayas’ Biography
  2. Review symbol, symbolism, inspiration.
  3. Evaluate mural and discuss why he used the rooster and chicken.
  4. Watch video of interview.
  5. What symbols would you use to represent strength and the human spirit?
  6. Extension Activity: Compare and Contrast 2 murals.