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Teacher Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 15 to October 15 and celebrates the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans and their contributions to our history. To fully understand America’s present, we need to understand all aspects of what shaped it. Hispanic heritage is woven into American history through arts, civil rights, politics, science, sports, and more. 

Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to incorporate some of this history into your lessons. You could read passages written by Hispanic authors or about important Hispanic figures, both past and present. You might ask higher-level students to complete a research project about an important person or event in Hispanic American culture, then set time aside for a discussion about what they learned.  

The Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Parks Service, and the Smithsonian Institution have each curated a collection of teacher resources to include Hispanic Heritage Month in the classroom. While some resources are geared toward K-12, there are many that can be incorporated into the adult education classroom. 

In addition, we’d like to offer you three lessons about important Hispanic Americans from the New Readers Press series American Lives. This three-level series includes biographies of notable figures throughout American history. Each biography is followed by level-appropriate exercises to strengthen reading and comprehension skills.  

Download PDF lessons about educator Jaime Escalante, writer Sandra Cisneros, and labor organizer César Chávez. 

Jaime Escalante
(
American Lives 1; reading level 3–4.5) 


Sandra Cisneros
(
American Lives 2; reading level 6–6.5) 


César Chávez
(American Lives 3; reading level 6.5–8)  


 





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