Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15 to 10/15

Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month - Viva Latina!

Books (available for checkout)
Alegría, Malín. Sofi Mendoza's guide to getting lost in Mexico. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007. Print.
Calcines, Eduardo F.. Leaving Glorytown: one boy's struggle under Castro. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2009. Print.
Carlson, Lori M., Manuel Ortiz, and Flavio Morais. Voices in first person: reflections on Latino identity. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008. Print.
Castañeda, Jorge G.. Ex Mex: from migrants to immigrants. New York: New Press :, 2007. Print.
Hill, Laban Carrick. America dreaming: how youth changed America in the sixties. New York, N.Y.: Little, Brown & Co., 2007. Print.
Kallen, Stuart A.. Che Guevara: you win or you die. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books, 2013. Print.
Márquez, Gabriel. One hundred years of solitude. New York: Harper & Row, 1970. Print.
Sanchez, Reymundo, and Sonia Rodriguez. Lady Q the rise and fall of a Latin queen. Chicago, Ill.: Chicago Review Press, 2008. Print.
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press, 2004. Print.
Serros, Michele. Scandalosa!. NY: Simon Pulse Teen Fiction, 2007. Print.

Smithsonian - Celebrating Hispanic Heritage, People & Places
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Smithsonian.com discusses the changing demographics of the United States, talks with comedian George Lopez on humor and race, remembers a historic Little League Baseball team and highlights the food of Hispanic culture.

Library of Congress - Hispanic Heritage Month
Images, exhibits, audio, and video.

Biography.com - Hispanic Heritage Month
Brief biographies, photo gallery, classroom resources, trivia game, and more.

Gale, Cengage Learning - Hispanic Heritage
Activities, biographies, music, timeline, and quiz

Smithsonian - Hispanic Heritage Cultural Tour
Virtual tour, timeline, activities, quiz, and resources
Lesson Plans

Common Visions, Common Voices
Students in grades 9-12 analyze similarities and differences between cultures by investigating themes and motifs found in literature or visual arts.

Five Artists of the Mexican Revolution
Students in grades 9-12 research the events and personalities of the Mexican Revolution.
Smithsonian Education - Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources
Lessons for grades K-12.

PBS Teachers - Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies
Lessons, activities, interactives, and videos for grades 6-12.

EDSITEment - National Hispanic Heritage Month
Four lessons for grades 6-12, plus recommended websites and background information.


  1. Identify ten Hispanic Americans who have made significant contributions to culture, literature, science, and government in Georgia and create a timeline of their accomplishments. Research the life and contributions of one of the Americans chosen and describe the nature and motivation for their contributions to the United States.
  2. Using demographic graphs and charts, identify the major areas in Georgia where there are concentrations of Hispanic populations. Research why people of Hispanic origin have chosen to congregate in those areas of Georgia.
  3. Using historical data and primary resources, create a model of life in Spanish Florida, in the 1700’s. How have those early Spanish influences had an impact upon life in Florida today?