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).
As you approach making lesson plans to celebrate this month, we have a couple of points we recommend keeping in mind:
- The “Hispanic” label is not one that all your students may feel comfortable identifying with. Consider opening up the conversation to the class and hear from them about how they identify and what resonates with them. Some examples may include Latino/a, Latinx, Latine, Afro-Latino/a, Chicano/a, Spanish, etc.
- Hispanic culture is not a monolith. 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.
Listenwise Podcasts about Latino and Hispanic Experiences:
- Field Trips to Study Mexican-American History (also available in ELD)
- Teens Reflect on Race in America
- Preserving Latino Landmarks
- The Many Meaning of “Hispanic”
- Reconsidering the “Hispanic” Label
- Latina Engineer’s Work on Mars Rover
- “Baldo” Comic Strip Features Latino Voices (also available in ELD)
- Connecting Through Art at the Border (also available in ELD)
- Mexican-American Comic Book Hero Saves Lives
- A Quinceañera Story
Challenges for Children:
- Impact of Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric on Hispanic Kids
- Crossing the Southern Border for College
- American Children, Immigrant Parents
- Sisters on the Immigration Divide