Hispanic Heritage Month
September is Hispanic Heritage Month

Explore the culture, contributions and interactions of Hispanic peoples in North
America through rare maps, historical documents from the fifteenth and sixteenth
centuries, local histories, recorded songs, interactive games, and detailed online
bibliographies. Information sourced via various websites, most notably
Library of

Use these lesson plans, created by teachers for teachers, to explore the Hispanic
American experience.

Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions
(Grades 9-12) Students explore the local history of their own community to learn the
value of local culture and traditions as primary sources. This lesson could focus on
Hispanic influences in a community.

Exploring Cultural Rituals (General Reference) In this lesson, students investigate rituals
and customs of various cultures and then explore their own cultural rituals through
interviews with family. This lesson could be adapted to focus on Hispanic immigrants.

Learning About Immigration Through Oral History (Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12) Students
engage in visual and information literacy exercises to gain an understanding of how
to identify and interpret primary historical sources, specifically oral histories. This lesson
could be adapted to focus on Hispanic immigrants.

Using Oral History (Grades 7-12) Students study social history topics through interviews
that recount the lives of ordinary Americans. This lesson could be adapted to include
interviews with Hispanic Americans.

Sets : High Resolution Images available in PDF, JPEG or TIFF from LOC, suitable for single
classroom use.  
 An exquisite collection of images relating to Hispanic Heritage.

For Students:

Explore the States: New Mexico (The Spanish Market) (America's Library) In 1926, the
Spanish Colonial Arts Society started this Santa Fe Market for Hispanic artists to show
and sell their traditional handmade objects.

Heritage of Hispanics (Wise Guide) September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic
Heritage Month. This article highlights Hispanic cultural resources available through
the Local Legacies project.

Jump Back in Time: October 18, 1898 (America's Library) On this date American troops
fighting the Spanish-American War raised the United States flag in Puerto Rico, and
the U.S. officially took control of the former Spanish colony.

Jump Back in Time: October 30, 1815 (America's Library) On this date Jose Manuel
Gallegos was born in Spanish colonial Mexico. He later became the second Hispanic
U.S representative in history.

Jump Back in Time: September 8, 1565 (America's Library) On this date a Spanish
expedition established St. Augustine in Florida.

Rudolfo Anaya: Fiction, Plays and Children's Fiction (Local Legacies) Famed for
portraying the flavor of New Mexico through prose and storytelling, Rudolfo Anaya has
been hailed as the father of Chicano literature in English.

Spanish's Gift to English (Presentation) Many American English words have Spanish
origins. In this game, find the words that come from Spanish

Today in History (July 17) The Spanish Civil War (Today in History) The Spanish Civil War
began on July 17, 1936 as a series of military insurrections throughout the country.

Today in History (October 12) Columbus Day (Today in History) A sailor on board the
Pinta sighted land early in the morning of October 12, 1492, and a new era of
European exploration and expansion began.

Today in History (October 18) Puerto Rico (Today in History) On October 18, 1898,
American troops fighting the Spanish-American War raised the United States flag in
Puerto Rico formalizing U.S. control of the former Spanish colony.

Today in History (October 30)
Don Jose Manuel Gallegos (Today in History) Gallegos,
born on this date in 1815, later became New Mexico's first delegate to Congress.

Today in History (September 27)
The Quest of Ponce de Leon (Today in History) On
September 27, 1514, the Spanish crown granted explorer Juan Ponce de Leon the title
Military Governor of Bimini and Florida. Ponce de Leon sailed for Florida in 1521.
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