Five Collaborative Approaches to Hispanic Heritage Month


September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to acknowledge and celebrate the experiences and contributions of Hispanic and Latino peoples. With over 50 million people in the United States who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino, it is more important than ever to recognize the diverse histories of this fastest-growing demographic.

Partner with your teachers through these “5 Must-Have Primary Sources for Hispanic Heritage Month” to illuminate the history-shaping moments and the deep-seated presence of Hispanics in the United States.

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5 Must-Have Primary Sources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Use the  Resource to explore these collaborative activities:


  1. Research Treasure Hunt: Students write the story behind the primary source by following the clues. History teacher introduces one of the primary sources and assigns a research question related to that history-shaping moment. Teacher librarian sets clues throughout the library to guide students through the various resources they’ll need to learn about the event
  2. Hispanic/Latino Literature: Students Present on literature by Latino authors. ELA teacher introduces primary sources and literature related to the event or group. Students work in groups to present on one book from different Hispanic/Latino author. Teacher librarian creates displays of various Hispanic and Latino literatures where students can explore the stories behind the history and choose one to present to the class.
  3. What does Hispanic/Latino mean? Students research the history and culture behind each primary source. Social Studies teacher projects images and discusses with class the groups presented by each event. Class brainstorms other Hispanic groups not presented there and related history-shaping moments. Teacher librarian creates reading list with relevant titles as well as internet resources related to the various Hispanic/Latino groups residing in the United States.
  4. Primary Source Clusters: Modeled on this resource tool, students create their own primary source collection—clusters of primary sources around one Hispanic history-shaping moment, or alternatively, around one Hispanic group, and write captions summarizing each source. History teacher projects resource tool and introduces assignment, along with the question: Why are these considered history-shaping moments? Teacher librarian creates list for students of important events in Hispanic and Latino history and of the various Hispanic or Latino groups. Librarian conducts mini workshop on how to locate primary sources.
  5.  In their own Words: Students locate oral histories to accompany one of the events depicted in the resource tool, or another of their choosing, then create their own fictional first-person narrative based on that event. ELA teacher introduces primary sources in Resource Tool Kit, as well as the concept of oral history and the value of first-person accounts. Teacher librarian provides students with reading list of books in school library that contain first-person accounts as well as trustworthy digital resources, such as the Library of Congress, where oral narratives can be found.

Resources for SLC Subscribers

Collaboration Is the Key to Successful Research
Collaboration with Teacher + School Librarian = Student Achievement
Listen Up! Collaboration Using 20th Century Audiovisual Primary Sources

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