Activity: Who's Who in Literature, Fine Arts, and Other Fields
NATIONAL STANDARDS: COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITIES
From Spain to the Americas, Hispanics have contributed to Literature, Fine Arts, and other fields. A great many were trailblazers in their fields.
Activity: Students work in pairs to study a famous Hispanic of their choice or one assigned by the teacher. (See examples.) Students research information providing personal data of the person and other pertinent information. Students write interview questions based on their research and then present their interview to the class. One student will be the interviewer and the other student will be the famous person. Students use note cards for their interviews. They do not read them word for word.
Teacher: The length and level of difficulty will vary based on the language level of the student. Using a rubric, the teacher grades each student's oral expression individually. Students have a copy of the rubric in advance to understand how they will be graded. The criteria in the rubric helps students formulate their questions.
- Rubén Darío
- Octavio Paz
- Sandra Cisneros
- Armando Vilaseca
- Francisco Cigarroa
- Carlos Santana
- Gloria Estefan
- Salma Hayek
- Benicio del Toro
- Rita Moreno
- Diego Rivera
- Frida Kahló
- Sonia Sotomayor
- Henry B. González
- General Richard E. Cavazos
- Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbush
- Santiago Calatrava
- Antonio Gaudí
- Juan O'Gorman
SCIENCE AND MEDICINE
- Franklin Chang-Díaz
- Severo Ochoa
- Elena Ochoa
- Dara Torres (swimming)
- Pelé (soccer)
- Manú Ginobli (basketball)
For more information on notable Hispanics go to: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/hhmbioaz.html
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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