National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15 every year in the United States. This month honors the achievements of Hispanic people, and coincides with the celebrations of Independence Day in many Latin American countries.*
To celebrate this important month, here is a listing of BadgerLink resources that highlight contributions by Hispanic people, this month and throughout the year.
In addition to Britannica School and Britannica Library, BadgerLink includes Britannica's two complete Spanish-language encyclopedias, Britannica Escolar and Britannica Moderna. Britannica Escolar is for younger users and Britannica Moderna is for older students and adult users. Check them out all year long!
To help students explore the history and importance of Hispanic Heritage, Britannica’s Curriculum Expert Team has put together a few activities and resources for you and your students. Included are resources that discuss Hispanic Heritage, the history of Latin America, key achievements and contributions from both ancient civilizations and the modern day world, and the importance of cultures and ethnic groups across Latin America. Find these resources at https://britannicalearn.com/hispanic-heritage-month/
Also join the Britannica's Education Consultant team for its webinar Teach Latinx History through Media Literacy offered Thursday, September 15 at 3 PM CST or Wednesday, September 21 at 3 PM CST. Examine strategies to use with students to help promote media literacy while celebrating Hispanic Heritage month. Session outcomes include navigating Britannica's content and unpacking strategies on how to make your lessons more student-directed and engaging, while promoting literacy, self-expression and critical thinking.
English teachers using Literary Reference Center Plus can find biographies on a variety of Hispanic and Latinx authors as well as literary criticism about their works. Authors include Isabel Allende, Jorge Luis Borges, Sandra Cisneros, Juan Felipe Herrera and more. Meanwhile, Poetry and Short Story Reference Center contains Poetry Showcases from The Paris Review on Coral Bracho, Martín Espada and Luis Felipe Fabre.
Here are a few free sample flyers to promote must-reads featuring Hispanic American authors and themes:
- Books by Latinx Authors for Ages 9-12
- Books by Latinx Authors for Teens
- Books by Latinx Authors for Adults
Just a few Teaching Ideas for National Hispanic Heritage Month, including:
Have fun and play with rhymes featuring English and Spanish in this complete video reading of One is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers.
Watch this interview with Juliet Menéndez, author of Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers, to hear about her work telling the stories of Latinas across history who have influenced and inspired many others and made an impact.
Browse the entire Latino/a/e/x Collection for title ideas, then use a Cultural Representation Reflection alongside the reading to encourage readers to reflect on the cultural experiences they encounter in texts as well as their own experiences.