“Fidel Castro is one of the main leaders of the Cuban Revolution (which overthrew the dictatorial regime of General Fulgencio Batista), successively Prime Minister of the island from February 1959 to December 1976, then President of the Council of State of Cuba (head of the State) since the creation of this function and also President of the Council of Ministers (head of government), until his resignation for health reasons in February 2008. ”

Source: Wikipedia

“Hundreds of thousands of Cubans gathered, moved, Monday in the famous Revolution Square in Havana in front of the portraits of Fidel Castro, whose funeral urn was unveiled for the first time on television. The day marked the start of a week of tributes to the “Comandante” who died on Friday at the age of 90. "

Source: TVA Nouvelles

The activities in this guide will allow students to discover who Fidel Castro was and how his funeral was conducted.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Determine the best source to consult to find the answer to a question;
- Discover information about Fidel Castro;
- Using various daily newspaper websites, find the way in which the death of Fidel Castro was announced;
- Know how Castro's funeral procession takes place.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Who was Fidel Castro?

To start, ask students what they know about Fidel Castro. What have they learned about this politician in the past few days?
Invite students to learn more about Fidel Castro. To do this, suggest the following three questions. For each of them, as a whole class, determine the type of source to consult in order to find an answer.

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Finally, invite students to consult the appropriate sources to answer the three questions.

ACTIVITY 2: Reactions to the death of Fidel Castro

The announcement of Fidel Castro's death took place on Friday evening, November 25. How did the media spread the news?
Have students visit various daily newspaper websites to locate the first article they published on Castro's death.

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ACTIVITY 3: Fidel Castro's funeral procession

In order to understand how Fidel Castro's funeral was conducted, invite students to read this article from La Presse.

Comprehension questions:

- How are Fidel Castro's ashes presented?
- When and where will Castro's remains be buried?
- What are the Cubans shouting as the funeral procession passes?
- What does the national mourning decreed from Friday to next Sunday involve?
- What are the Cuban media broadcasting on repeat since Castro's death?
- Why are Fidel Castro and Barack Obama considered to be two ex-enemies of the Cold War?

For further

Fidel Castro welcomed as a hero in Montreal in 1959
Radio-Canada, November 30, 2016

Tribute to Fidel Castro: bickering in the National Assembly
Journal de Montréal, November 29, 2016

Justin Trudeau saddened by the death of 'friend' Castro
Radio-Canada, November 26, 2016

Global emotion after the death of Fidel Castro
Le Monde, November 27, 2016