Hispanic Heritage Month
Ideas for Innovative Lessons in the K-12 Classroom
Latino Culture at LEAP
I hope that the first four weeks of school have treated you well. Over the next four weeks, (September 15-October 15) we celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month!
The Hispanic heritage is a beautiful, multifaceted, and intertwined entity. In many ways, various aspects of Hispanic heritage are celebrated while some of the most important are dismissed or simply overlooked. We, the Latinx community, are more than just our food, our music, and our dress. We are thinkers, creators, intellectuals and much more.
This year, I challenge us all to look beyond the three F's (festivals, food, and fashion) when teaching and learning the history of Hispanic heritage. Instead, challenge yourself and your students to explore questions like 1. What ignited the massive student protest in Chile in 2006? 2. Who were the Mirabal sisters and why did their assassination fuel public outrage against one of the longest and most cruel regimes in modern day history? 3. What did it take for Argentina to legalize gay marriage in 2010? 4. How did the Mexican Revolution change the trajectory of Mexican politics, even 100 years after its ending?
We as educators, each have the ability to empower our students and frame the way they see themselves represented in the classroom. We achieve this through the content we teach, the conversations we foster and the care we place on getting to know our students.
I look forward to seeing the many ways in which we celebrate and highlight Hispanic Heritage Month this year. Please see the links below and the attached list, curated by Mr. Miranda, of prominent Latinx women if you need a starting point.
Happy Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, everyone!
Jozian Molina, M.P.A.
Chief Academic Officer
LEAP Academy University Charter School
130 N Broadway Street, Camden, NJ 08102
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Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month Lessons
National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2021 - For Teachers
What were the experiences of Mexican Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries? What challenges did they face? What communities, institutions, and culture did they create? What records and documents were left of their lives, and what were some reasons for the gaps in the record?
Hispanic Heritage Month Teacher Resources
The study of Hispanic heritage offers you the chance to explore many diverse and rich cultures with your class during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15). These lesson plans, printables, activities, and references will enrich your classroom study.
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Documentary Latino Americans
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Latino Americans is a landmark three-part, six-hour documentary series that is set to air nationally on PBS in the fall of 2013. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.