Santillana USA, in association with the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education and the Alliance for Multilingual Multicultural Education, hosted the first ever National Spanish Spelling Bee. The Spanish Spelling Bee was held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 9, 2011. Click here to learn more.
Another contest submission! Check out these great videos from Needwood Middle School. Thank you for sharing Mrs. Sasser, looks like your students had a fun time celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
NATIONAL STANDARDS: COMMUNICATION, CULTURES, COMPARISONS, AND COMMUNITIES
Hispanic traditions and customs cannot be defined in a paragraph or in a book but in volumes of books. Hispanics share Spanish as the main language of communication; however, some words vary in meaning in different countries. Indigenous languages are still spoken all over Latin America. Hispanic traditions, customs, celebrations are similar; yet, some may vary from country to country. Do all Hispanics in the United States practice these traditions? Some Hispanics have completely assimilated into American life and do not practice their traditions. For others, traditions, customs, and celebrations are part of their everyday lives. Let's take a glimpse of Hispanic traditions, customs, celebrations, and other areas that are practiced throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
Activity: Students select a topic of interest or review one assigned by the teacher to research and to prepare a presentation. (See examples) The presentation may be written (PPT), oral, visual, or a combination of all three depending on the topic.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITIES
Imagine that your classroom is a newspaper office and each student is a reporter. Each student will write an article for the special edition of the newspaper for Hispanic Heritage Month.
ACTIVITY: Engage in conversations
- Interview a Hispanic student, teacher, or administrator in your school
- Interview a Hispanic person in your community (neighbor, employee in a business/ restaurant, community leader, etc.).
- Conduct a phone interview with a Hispanic you know in another city.
ACTIVITY: Provide and obtain information
- Write an email to a Spanish-speaking pen pal in a Hispanic country or another part of the United States.
- Write a letter to a Hispanic government official (local, state, national) or a consulate from a Spanish-speaking country in the United States requesting specific information.
- Submit questions of interest to a journalist in a Spanish newspaper/journal or a Spanish TV or radio personality.
Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.
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