National Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating the Cultures that Unite Us

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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Differences that Unite Us

There is no better time to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of Latino and Hispanic communities than National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). Here are a few resources to help engage students explore significant events in the Latino and Hispanic American experience.

If you are looking for text-based resources, this blog post from Commonlit pays tribute to amazing Hispanic authors, poets, and social activists, with a collection of 9 texts, organized by grade level. This lesson from the New York Times Learning Network can spark meaningful discussion about dedicating a month to “Hispanic Heritage.” And this teacher’s guide from EDSITEment offers a variety of relevant instructional resources.  

Some points to consider while teaching:

  • Take this opportunity to build empathy among students and discuss the value of diversity.
  • If there are Hispanic or Latino students in your class, do not put them in a position of speaking for all Hispanics or being the authority on all aspects of their culture or history.
  • All nationalities and cultures experience struggles and celebrate achievements. It is important to present a balance of challenges and positive accomplishments.

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month being celebrated with a display of flags

 

Listenwise Stories and National Hispanic Heritage Month

Stories of ImmigrationImmigration policies continue to shift and change. Listen to hear about the experiences and Latino authors Sandra CisnerosGabriel Garcia Marquez, and Jose Antonio Vargas. Hear the story of an immigrant from Bolivia, a 13-year old migrant from Honduras, and dairy-farm workers from Guatemala, and learn about the system in place for metering migrants at the Mexican-American border.

History and Culture: Hear how students are connecting with their history by taking Field Trips to Study Mexican-American History, and learn about one university professor who is teaching about Mexican culture through tacos.

Current Events:  Listen to stories about current events in VenezuelaMexico, and Puerto Rico, as well as historic events, such as the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Mexican-Americans in the 1930s, for which California has recently apologized.

Media Representation: Listen to this story to learn about a comic strip featuring a Latino family that has been running for over 20 years, and hear about this HBO series on Quinceañera celebrations.  

Challenges for Children:  Learn about the difficulties of undocumented parents finding support for their American children, hear the story of two migrant children who were reunited with their mother after 10 years, and learn about the challenges of teaching Spanish to second-generation children, and the changes in DACA protections.

Read the original article punlished by Listenwise here.

Discover more free resources in Share My Lesson's curated collection of Hispanic Heritage Month Activities and Resources.