The Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 30. It’s a great opportunity to kick off a whole year of cultural discovery.
The term “Hispanic” refers to a person from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South or Central America, or other Spanish culture regardless of race. According to the 2015 census, more than 50.5 million people in the U.S. identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino. Hispanics trace their heritage to the following countries that were colonized by Spain and continue to use Spanish as an official language: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
What is the goal of Hispanic Heritage Month and how are we commemorating it in Middle School Spanish class at CDS?
Time is taken to appreciate and honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latin Americans to the culture, history, and heritage of the United States in areas such as science, medicine, art, literature, music, sports, film, and more. The main goal is to promote the pride and self-esteem of all Hispanics by birth or ancestry in the nation.
As part of our World Culture Spanish Class, 8th graders were assigned a project where they had to investigate a Latino or Hispanic/American “hero.” Each team needed to write a biography based on a specific rubric. The oral presentation was done using multimedia: video, slides, or with a large poster. The students researched personal stories, vital statistics, and relevant information that included accomplishments and contributions to the world.
Students worked very hard for about three weeks, sharing the information with the team and putting together all the components of their biography. The “heroes” who they investigated were musician and actor Luis Fonsi, astronaut Ellen Ochoa, guitarist Carlos Santana, soccer player Messi, singer Celia Cruz, baseball player Roberto Clemente, artist Frida Kahlo, and singer Gloria Estefan.
The oral presentations were excellent; they were colorful, organized, and complete. The students put so much effort and dedication to every single aspect of this project. Also, I noticed how talented they are for creating, editing, and designing videos, and they were great team players!