- Hispanic Heritage
Heritage Month is celebrated every
year in the United States
- from September 15 to October
- Easier - One's
heritage is the customs and traditions that are handed
down from generation to generation through their
families. A person with Latino heritage means that
they are descendants of a family from Mexico, the Carribean, Central
America, and South America. The term Hispanic means
people who come from a country where Spanish is
- Harder - Because of
their Latin American origins, Hispanic Americans are
also called Latinos. Within this soon to be largest
group of minorities in the United States, there are
people of many different national and ethnic origins.
They are not from one nationality or one culture, but
are from many different origins. Many Latino and
Hispanic people in the United States would prefer that
they simply be called Americans. Others identify
themselves with their cultural or national background.
The three largest groups of Latinos in the United
States are Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban
Americans. Many Puerto Ricans also call themselves Boriqua. Members of subgroups sometimes use more
specialized names. For example, some Mexican Americans
call themselves Chicanos, and Puerto Ricans living in New York state often refer to themselves as Nuyoricans.
- Many Latinos in the U.S. are descendants of
Mexican people who lived in the Southwest when it was
appropriated as spoils of war or purchased in a series
of land sales. In many cases, their ancestors became
Americans not by their own choice. Almost all other
American Latinos or their ancestors migrated here from
Latin America. As a group, Latinos represent a mixture
of several ethnic backgrounds, including European,
American Indian, and African.
This website contains information gathered
especially for Mexicans, Chicanos, and/or
Mexican-Americans. But anyone else interested is
Not To-Be-Missed Section:
2) Are Chicanos the Same as Mexicans? http://www.azteca.net/aztec/chicano.html
Hispanic Heritage from Scholastic
This beautiful website informs about the people,
places, and events of our Hispanic heritage.
2) Celebrating Hispanic Heritage http://www.galegroup.com/freresrc/chh/
3) Hispanic Heritage Month at Factmonster http://www.factmonster.com/spot/hhm1.html
- Coloquio-Revista Online
An e-magazine in English and Spanish, the site contains information about famous
Hispanics in the world and history, bullfighting, and
- Hispanic Online
This is a comprehensive website for the Latino
news, information, and resources.
2) Hispanic Magazine http://www.hispaniconline.com/magazine/
3) Hispanic Vista http://www.hispanicvista.com/index.asp
4) LaRed Latina (Latin Network) by R. Vazquez http://www.lared-latina.com
- After visiting several of the
websites, complete one or more of the
- Complete a Hispanic / Latino
WebQuest. Follow or adapt the
procedures found at the webQuest sites to
complete a project.
- 1) Buenos Dias Amigos! (Grade 4) by E.
- Prepare Some Latino Foods. You
can find lots of recipes to choose from at (1) Mexican Cuisine, (2) Delicious Heart-Healthy Latino Recipes, (3) Latin American Recipes, (4) Latino Foods and Recipes and (5) Mexican Hot or Not.
See if you can put together a Latino meal.
Try making some of the recipes. Take
digital camera pictures of the
- Complete Artwork in a Latino
Style. Visit sites like (1) SPARC's
Chicano Mural Tour, and (2) Chicano
Murals in Tucson. Then complete your own
original artwork in a similar style.
- Write A Latino Biography. Visit
several of the biography sites. Pick
someone that you admire or that you would
like to know more about their life. Then
use the online resources and library
resources to help you research their life.
Write a biography of your Latino person.
You might present their life in a
multimedia presentation. Or, create a
postage stamp and write a letter
persuading the goverment that they should
make this a stamp. You can find more
information at Biographies.
- Interview Someone Of Latino
Heritage. Find someone in your
community whose family has a Latino
origins. Politely ask them to participate
in an interview about their Latino
heritage. Prepare a list of procedures to
follow and a list of possible questions.
Have these completed before you conduct
the interview. You can find help in
conducting an interview at Oral
History. You might audio record or
videotape the interview.
- Organize A Latino Fiesta.
Heritage Month is a good time to have
your own local festival celebrating our
nation's Latino heritage. Carefully plan
the events. Is there a speaker that you
can invite? Include foods and music. If
you include games, dominoes were recently
found to be a favorite table game. Soccer
and baseball have been popular outdoor
sports in many Latin American
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Literacy Through Hispanic Culture (1999
ThinkQuest Project), Grades 5-8
- This site will help students learn to write a book
report, poetry, or character sketch in order to
appreciate Hispanic history and culture.
a part of the 'Far Out Frenzy' ThinkQuest
- Learn about the country and culture of
- More Websites
al Web Latino by M. Molloy
- This is an annotated links-site to resources in
these categories: (1) major Latino gateways, (2)
Puertas al Sur: gateways to Latin America. (3) Puertas
Culturales: news, music, art, theatre, travel, etc.,
(5) Puertas Politicas: organizations, communities,
etc.. (6) Puertas Economicas: trade, commerce,
development, environment, health, etc.; and more.
at Gale Group
- Meet 50 notable Hispanic American men and women
who've made a difference in the arts, entertainment,
sports, world affairs, human rights and history.
- Other Gale Group Sites:
- 2) Holiday-related Activities http://www.galegroup.com/freresrc/chh/act.htm
- 3) Music of Hispanic America http://www.galegroup.com/freresrc/chh/music.htm
- 4) Track Events in Hispanic American History
Famosos (Famous Hispanics in the World and
- This biography site covers over 200 Hispanics from
around the world and throughout time.
- Other Hispanic Biography Sites:
- 2) Biography Project at SACNAS http://www.sacnas.org/bio/index.html
- 3) Discover History Makers at Scholastic
- 4) Hispanic American Hall of Fame http://www.unbeatables.com/HHeroes.html
- 5) Hispanic Americans in Congress http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/congress/contents.html
- 6) Hispanic Americans in the Humanities http://www.ithaca.edu/library/htmls/humhisp.html
- 7) Hispanic American Medal of Honor
- 8) Hispanics in the American Revolution http://www.neta.com/~1stbooks/revolt.htm
- 9) Hispanics in Science from the National
- 10) Interviews with Great Latinos at Scholastic
- This online magazine site offers chat rooms,
message boards and news, events, and issues of
interest to the Latino community.
- Other Online Magazines:
- 2) Contacto http://www.contactomagazine.com/
- 3) ¡del Corazón! (Webzine from the
National Museum of American Art)
- 4) Latina Online http://www.latina.com/
America Network Information Center
- This comprehensive website provides information
and resources on all of Latin America.
- Not To-Be-Missed Section:
- 2) Food in Latin America http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/region/food/
Culture: U.S. at About.com
- This is a comprehensive website on cultural lives
of Hispanic people that features sections on food,
jobs, books, museums, music, media and much more.
- Related Websites at About.com:
- 2) Hispanic Heritage http://usparks.about.com/cs/hispanicheritage/
- 3) Spanish Language http://spanish.about.com/
4) U.S. Latino & Hispanic Culture (links at the Smithsonian) http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmah/latino.htm
- Here is information and resources about Latin
America and its people. The objective is to serve as a
communication platform for Latin Americans and people
interested in Latin America.
- Related Website:
- 2) Latin American Studies by A. R. de la Cova
- Making Face,
- This site is by, for, and about Chicanas, meaning
women of Mexican descent in the United States. This
site contains a variety of resources ranging from
short biographies of Chicanas, to Chicana poetry and
literature, cultural resources, academic resources,
otras chicanas on the 'net, and more.
- This is the site of an online magazine that
provides information on all aspects of Mexico - the
country, its people, its culture and places to visit
or live, and the business world.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Mexico for Kids http://www.elbalero.gob.mx/index_kids.html
3) Mexico City Virtual Guide http://www.mexicocity.com.mx/mexcity.html
- 4) Discovering Mexico at National
Pew Hispanic Center
The aim is to improve understanding of the diverse Hispanic population in the United States and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation.
- This site provides a great overview of the past
and present of mariachi music.
- Other Music Sites:
- 2) Roots of Tejano and Conjunto Music http://www.lib.utexas.edu/benson/border/arhoolie2/raices.html
- 3) Texas-Mexican Conjunto http://educate.si.edu/migrations/bord/txmxcon.html
- 4) Tejano Music Awards http://www.tejanomusicawards.com/
Chicano Mural Tour of L.A.
- View some of the Hispanic murals of Los
- More Hispanic Artwork Sites:
- 2) Chicano Murals in Tucson http://dizzy.library.arizona.edu/images/folkarts/murals.html
- 3) Philadelphia Murals http://inquirer.philly.com/specials/2000/murals/
Relations by A. R. de la Cova
- This links-site connects to recent articles on the
relationships between Mexico and the United
- Related Websites on the U.S. - Mexico
- 2) Border from PBS http://www.pbs.org/kpbs/theborder/about/index.html
- 3) Border Issues from Texas http://www.tnrcc.state.tx.us/exec/ba/
- 4) Borderlands Encyclopedia from Univ. of Texas
El Paso http://www.utep.edu/border/
- 5) Borderlines http://www.us-mex.org/borderlines/
- 6) Frontera NorteSur http://www.NMSU.Edu/~frontera/
Cesar E. Chavez! from Cesar E. Chavez
Institute, San Francisco State
- You will find sound clips, pictures, and documents
on Cesar Chavez here.
- Related Website:
- 2) Cesar Chavez at Spectrum Biographies
- 3) Remembering a Modest Cesar by A. Quintanilla
- 4) Si Se Puede! Cesar E. Chavez and His Legacy
Americanas / American Voices
- This is the site of a celebration of writing by
American authors of Latino heritage for readers of all
ages. Police swept across the city in a dragnet that netted 600 Mexican Americans . . .
Zoot Suit Riots from PBS American Experience
In August 1942 Los Angeles, the murder of a young Mexican-American man sparked a local rebellion. Ethnic and racial tensions that had been building up over the years erupted.
- Websites For Teachers
Hispanic Heritage Month! at Education
- This lesson plan article includes activities that
teachers might use to explore Hispanic heritage.
- Other Related Lesson Articles at Education
- 2) Lessons for Hispanic Heritage Month!
American Murals: Making A Place in the
- There are some questions you and your students can
consider as you explore important murals by Mexican
American artists, examine murals from the past, and
work together to make your own mural.
- Another Art Unit:
- 2) Chicana and Chicano Space http://mati.eas.asu.edu:8421/ChicanArte/index.html
Hispanic Pages by R. Harper at University
- This site contains numerous links dealing with the
Hispanic/Latino influence in the U.S., including links
to Spanish language learning.
Guide to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage! at
Scholastic (Grades 4-7)
- By interviewing distinguished Hispanic people,
participating in activities, and using an online map,
students delve into the background, meaning, depth,
and pride of this heritage.
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