It's Hispanic Heritage Month and I'd like to alert everyone to the premiere tonight (September 17) of a new six-hour documentary series on PBS, Latino Americans, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (which, through EDSITEment, actually founded this group 3 years ago!)
The film is the first to tell the story of Latinos in the US in any depth, from the 1500s to the present day, and not only touches the big historical issues, such as immigration, westward expansion, and the civil rights movement, but also sees this history through the lens of individuals, from celebrities and social activists such as Rita Moreno and Cesar Chavez, to ordinary people.
The website for this series is mostly finished and gives you the opportunity to see the episodes online and integrate them into your classroom (Spanish or English--the site is bilingual). It has a timeline and social media tie-ins in the form of a blog. There is a special feature here called "Mi Historia" in which you can upload videos of your own experiences (or those of your students or their families) into the site. The classroom features (lesson plans, etc.) are still under development, but should be released shortly!
Please enjoy this wonderful resource and let me know what you think.
Have you seen these PBS Learning Media resources that celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture?
Salsa Grades 3-6 | Media Gallery | Music Invite students to explore the roots of salsa music with Chuck Vanderchuck as he investigates the instruments and rhythms that characterize this genre.
SciGirls en Español Grades 4-6 | Video | Bilingual Activity Use this bilingual activity to encourage classroom discussion around glaciers and the factors that cause them to melt.
What's in a Name? Grades 4-13+ | Lesson Plan | Hispanic History Do your students know where states like California, Nevada, and Montana got their names? Use this lesson to introduce students to the story behind these – and other - North American states.
Digging at the Roots of Your Family Tree Grades 4-13+ | Lesson Plan | Genealogy In this activity, students reflect on their own ancestry by completing a family tree. Materials for this lesson are drawn from PBS' new Latino Americans series.
Rebel: Loreta Velazquez Grades 6-12 | Media Gallery | Women in History Using the story of Loreta Velazquez, challenge students to consider how factors like gender and race have impacted their understanding of history.
Revolutionary Art Grades 9-12 | Video | Visual Art and History Explore the Mexican Muralist Movement with your high school students using this video segment from "The Storm that Swept Mexico."
How might you use some of these resources with your students?