Hispanics Making a Difference - Resources for your Spanish Classroom
From explorers to activists, from scientists to artists, from athletes to politicians, there have been great contributions from many people of Hispanic origin throughout history. People of Hispanic origin have been very influential on the development of the United States as a country and its culture.
One way to teach about this topic is to have students choose a famous person of Hispanic descent and write a research report. You can put names in a box and have students randomly choose a name. Or allow students to find a person of interest based on what country the person came from or what kind of work they did in their lives.
After students have completed their research, have them come in dressed as this person to give a presentation and act as that person throughout the day. You can have students find common threads between their researched people, such as country of origin, what they did to become famous, and how their work influenced the history and culture of the United States. You may wish to have students pair up and compare and contrast their person using a Venn diagram, then share among other pairs until the entire class has found common ground in their research.
The list of famous Hispanics to study about is too long to fit in this blog post! But you can check out these links here:
Famous Hispanic Artists
Famous Hispanic Scientists and Educators
Famous Hispanic Musicians and Singers
Famous Hispanic Explorers
Famous Hispanic Athletes
And the list goes on…
Learning about famous Hispanics is a great way for students to learn not only about the United States but to become inspired to one day make a difference in the world, too.
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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