Stereotypes vs. Statistics (grades 4 – 8) There are many preconceptions and stereotypes about Latinos and how they have come to the United States. In this activity, students will examine some of the myths and compare these to actual demographic data. A reflective pre-activity is followed by analysis of statistical graphs from the Pew Research Center.
Spanish-American War 4-12th U.S. imperial aspirations and diminished Spanish colonial power set the scene for the Spanish-American War in the late 1800s. The media helps frame the discussion. The fates of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines are in the balance, but none of these regions play a direct role in the final negotiations. The U.S. sets itself up to continue intervening in the futures of the former Spanish colonies. The post-war status of Puerto Rico, in particular, frames the island’s continuing questions of political autonomy and the U.S.’s imperial actions are at conflict with its democratic ideals.
Who Are Latinos? 4-12th Who are Latinos? What does the term Latino American reference? In this quick, introductory activity, students consider their own preconceptions of Latinos, view a trailer for the documentary series Latino Americans and identify new topics questions to investigate further.
Hispanic Exploration in America 4-12th Spain’s explorations were driven by the desire to expand its knowledge of the world, to discover spices and riches, and to spread Christianity. In 1492, when Christopher Columbus, on a journey funded by Spain, took a westerly course across the Atlantic Ocean searching for an alternative route to the Indies, he inadvertently “discovered” a new continent. This set of primary resources from the Library of Congress provides a window into this time period, as well as a Teacher’s guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
Latino Americans | LPB/WETA | 4-13+ This collection of lesson plans, videos and classroom resources invites teacher and students to explore the history, people and issues chronicled in the PBS series, Latino Americans.
Webinar – Latino Americans | LPB | 4-13+Latino Americans: a Webinar. The PBS LearningMedia collection, Latino Americans, provides a rich array of bilingual lesson plans, activities, videos, and other classroom resources for grades 4-13+. Join Antonio Gomez, Education Director at KCTS, to find out how you can use these engaging, CCSS-aligned resources to enhance your next social studies lesson.
Baseball and Social Change | WGBH | 5-8 students learn about baseball legend Roberto Clemente, his early years in the United States during segregation, and changes in the 1960s that made the U.S. culture more open to Clemente’s Latino culture. Students develop their literacy skills through a social studies focus on how culture shapes individual identity and how a culture changes when new groups of people enter it.
Deciphering the Maya Code | NOVA | 5-12 learn about the writings found in ancient Maya codices—books written on bark.
Identity, Immigration and Economics: Involuntary Deportations of the 1930s, grades 7-12th A rich lesson plan that uses firsthand accounts, video, historical photographs, creative writing and experiential activities to help learners understand the involuntary deportations of Mexican immigrants and U.S. citizens of Mexican heritage during the 1930s. Students examine attitudes and policies that scapegoat particular populations during times of economic stress and distinguish terms such as deportation, repatriation, resettlement and internment.