Sep 15, 2021 2021-09-15
Each year Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Here are curated resources for celebrating and teaching students about Hispanic heritage.
Hispanic and Latino Heritage Teacher’s Guide
EDSITEment has compiled guiding questions and lesson plans to help students learn about Hispanic heritage. The teacher’s guide, Hispanic and Latino Heritage and History in the United States, brings together resources created during the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes. These resources include lesson plans for K–12 classrooms and think pieces on events and experiences across Hispanic history and heritage.
Hispanic Exploration Primary Source Set
The Library of Congress has created a primary source set containing images, audio, maps, and ideas for bolstering lessons on Hispanic heritage. The set includes freely downloadable primary sources that can be used to teach about the age of exploration—specifically the contributions and interactions of Hispanic peoples in North America. Also offered is a freely downloadable analysis tool, along with prompting questions for teachers to use as needed to guide students through the analysis process.
Borders and Identity: A Bilingual Educational Kit
Identidad y Fronteras: Borders and Identity is a bilingual educational resource kit based on research and documentation from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival program. The resources in the kit explore culture along the United States–Mexico border. Today these resources are more relevant than ever, especially in communities grappling with negative impressions of recent immigrant populations. The kit is also an ideal tool for school groups and communities wishing to investigate the borders that mark our place in the world, and our identity within and outside these borders.
Bilingual Spanish/English Distance Learning
Smithsonian Education has launched a bilingual Spanish/English Distance Learning page where teachers will find a rich array of multidisciplinary teaching resources, activities, and more, designed for preK–12 students. The Smithsonian Learning Activities Choice Boards each feature 20 bilingual activities that prompt conversations about science, social studies, culture, and the arts. Teachers will also find a guide to the bilingual resources across the Smithsonian, chosen by Smithsonian educators and organized by theme and grade level.