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Siete autores que debes leer para celebrar el Mes de la herencia hispana

Por- Kelli Drummer-Avendano

¡Feliz Mes de la herencia hispana! Para celebrar, no hay nada mejor que leer las obras de algunos autores hispanos renombrados. Hay un montón de autores que se merecen estar en esta lista, pero aquí tienes una variedad de autores de diferentes países que han escrito libros de diversos estilos para niños, jóvenes y adultos. 

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Old Spanish Fort at Saint Augustine, Florida, 1880s. (Photo by Kean Collection/Getty Images)
Old Spanish Fort at Saint Augustine, Florida, 1880s. (Photo by Kean Collection/Getty Images)

Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage month between September 15th and October 15th every year. This is a time to recognize the contributions of Hispanics to our world’s culture and history as well as to celebrate their lively culture and beautiful language.

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10 Hispanic Heritage Month Activities for your Classroom

By – Angela Padron

During Hispanic Heritage Month (from September 15 – October 15) you and your students can learn about the cultures of Hispanic countries from around the world. Yes, I said cultures, with an “s.” Why? Because not all Hispanic countries are the same. There are actually 20 different Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain, Mexico, and countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America. They may all have some similarities but each is unique in many ways. In addition, students can learn about the history of Hispanic countries as well as famous people of Hispanic descent.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, there are several fun activities to conduct in your classrooms, such as:

  • Assign each student, or pairs of students, a country to research and present about.
  • Highlight a holiday or cultural practice from a different country every day.
  • Create projects of cultural artifacts from different countries each week.
  • Hold a Hispanic Heritage Night where students bring in foods and dance to music from different countries.
  • Invite students, their family members, faculty, or community members who are from different Hispanic countries to come in and speak to your class about their cultures.
  • Compare and contrast the different holidays, including Independence Day, in the United States with Hispanic countries.
  • Have students choose a famous person of Hispanic descent and have them write an autobiography as the person. Then allow them to dress and act like that person for the day.
  • Have students identify Hispanic influence in their own neighborhoods, such as local restaurants and stores, town and street names from Spanish origin, and friends and neighbors who speak Spanish.
  • Have students conduct an interview with a friend, neighbor, or community member to find out more information about their Hispanic heritage. Then have students share their findings with the class.
  • Present a Spanish Word/Phrase of the Day for students to practice learning a new language.
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    Activity: Hispanos – Who are we? Where did we come from?

    Maria J. Fierro-Treviño 

    NATIONAL STANDARDS:  COMMUNICATION, CONNECTIONS, COMMUNITIES

     One of the best ways to explore Hispanic Heritage Month is to learn about the past history of Hispanic peoples in order to obtain a better understanding of who Hispanics are today.  Our Hispanic roots can be traced back centuries with roots both in the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas.  It is important to study our roots from both perspectives in order to understand who Hispanics are today.

    Activity:  Students work in small groups to research information and from that research develop a PowerPoint, a collage with illustrations and written descriptions on a display board, or a pamphlet on one of the topics listed below or a topic of their choice with teacher approval.

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    Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Maria J. Fierro-Treviño

    In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson declared the observation of Hispanic Heritage Week.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated September 15 to October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month.  This observation salutes the over 50 million Hispanics living in the United States. Many Hispanics still maintain their language, customs, and traditions, but it has been a struggle to do so.

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