National Hispanic Heritage Month was established by Lyndon B Johnson in 1968, and runs from 15 September to 15 October each year. It falls between these days rather than from the start to the end of a given month because it was during this time that many Hispanic countries achieved and celebrate their independence.
See the fact file below for more information on the National Hispanic Heritage Month or alternatively, you can download our 9-page Hispanic Heritage Month Curriculum worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
Before we start:
- Take a look at video in worksheet and read our blog to give you a better understanding of NHHM as well as some cool ideas.
- Remember that while NHHM takes place from 15/09 – 15/10, learning about Latinx history, society and culture can take place all year round.
- Don’t forget that Latinx history is also American history, so try integrating it into the curriculum throughout the school year for a well-rounded education.
- To start, you can begin with countries that achieved independence and examine the important figures in the struggle.
- Then, you can look at famous Latinx figures who are well known in the US and around the world, followed by figures you may not have heard of before.
- Finally, no matter the age of your students, engage in discussion about modern issues facing the Latinx community in the US, such as anti-immigration bias, discrimination, boarder issues, who the Dreamers are and how they’re being treated, Sanctuary cities, etc.
- In studying topics during NHHM, highlight significant events and celebrations, such as Cinco de Mayo, and significant figures who’ve made important contributions, but also incorporate Hispanic history, literature, point of view, politics, first-person experiences, and the arts, for a deeper understanding of the Latinx experience.
- Other things to consider are:
- The ethnic/racial composition of your classroom. Rather than single out a student to speak about their experience (which could land you in hot water), consider a fishbowl discussion. Check out our blog for how to do this. Even if you have Hispanic children in your class, don’t assume that they are knowledgeable about Hispanic history and heritage.
- Be careful of stereotypes and bias when students express their knowledge and feelings about Hispanic culture.
- NHHM is a perfect time to build empathy and tolerance with students by focusing on the celebrations and struggles of all people.
- Categories to help you delve into Hispanic history and culture can take the following forms:
- Start with literature, such as a book, poem, short story, or article and, after reading, have a group discussion about it. For more creative ideas to explore what the piece was about, try written reviews, acting out a scene through a play, writing one’s own version of the piece based on the general idea that students gained from discussion, or creating a drawing or collage to illustrate favorite points or scenes, or great a video interview where one student stands in for the author, while another student asks questions.
- Identify different areas of study and learn about significant Hispanic figures related to it. These can be academics, celebrities, political activists, elected officials, public service workers, artists, inventors scientists, athletes, musicians, spiritual leaders, business people, and authors, to name some.
- You can choose to explore Hispanic culture through art by visiting museums, enjoying virtual tours, or delving into the lives of famous Latinx artists.
- Listen to Hispanic music to explore Bachata, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Rumba, Samba, Merengue Jazz, Tango, Latin Pop, Latin Urban Music, Reggaeton, Latin Rock and Alternative, hip hop, and more. Then explore areas like how the music made the students feel, what instruments they heard, what they thought of the song and its lyrics, etc.
- Done right, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a rich discovery of Hispanic culture and history, but also addresses a number of Common Core Standards too! You’ll be able to address Reading (R1,2,4,6,7,9), Writing (W1,2,4,6,7,8), Speaking and Listening (SL1,2,4,5), and Language (L3,4,5).
Hispanic Heritage Month Curriculum Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Hispanic Heritage Month Curriculum across 9 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Hispanic Heritage Month Curriculum worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the National Hispanic Heritage Month which was established by Lyndon B Johnson in 1968, and runs from 15 September to 15 October each year. It falls between these days rather than from the start to the end of a given month because it was during this time that many Hispanic countries achieved and celebrate their independence. There’s lots to learn about the Latinx history, the contribution of Hispanic-Americans, as well as issues of bias, discrimination, and immigration problems But don’t worry, we offer you guidance and worksheet suggestions for teaching this topic to your students.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Teaching National Hispanic Heritage Month
- Lesson Plan Template
- Suggested Worksheets
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