September 15th-October 15th marks Hispanic Heritage Month. While in a pandemic, we may need to reconsider many of our usual celebrations, we can use this time to take a deeper dive. Here are some ideas of activities you could consider for your own classroom.
1. Read and discuss Latin-American literature. In addition to answering comprehension questions such as theme, main idea, summary, predictions, etc., discuss how the literature reflects the Latino/Latin-American culture and/or experience. Sources: Latinx Poetry, 23 Books by Latinos
2. Explore Latin American Art. During the pandemic, many museums have made their exhibitions available virtually. Students can also delve deeper into specific artists such as Frida Kahlo or Rufino Tamayo and learn about the themes and often times messages they communicate through their art. Sources: Smithsonian’s Latino Center, Latino Presence in American Art Exhibition
3. Have students research the discrimination that Latin Americans have faced in the United States and the protests and resistance thus far that Latin Americans have engaged in to fight discrimination. Sources: School Segregation, Dream Act