WEBSITES FOR HISPANIC/LATINO HERITAGE MONTH

                           

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Access these sites through your computer’s Internet connection. Open the underlined address (URL). Information can be printed or downloaded to your computer. Be sure to follow links to other sites and find your way back with the "back" button. Note that the terms "Hispanic" and "Latino" are used as they appear on the website. No definition is intended for either term. The list also contains some websites on teaching the Spanish language. We have not attempted a comprehensive language list, however.

All of the sites listed were active as of October 12, 2004. The evaluation is by the AVA Center staff according to the amount of information given and its potential use in the classroom.

Disclaimer: The AVA Staff does not speak Spanish. We were unable to check all sections of some sites.

                                                                        Websites

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – ZOOT SUIT RIOTS
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/zoot/
A companion site to the PBS program about the "Zoot Suit Riots" in the 1942. "In August 1942 the murder of a young Mexican-American man ignited a firestorm in the City of the Angels. In no time at all, ethnic and racial tensions that had been building up over the years boiled over. Police fanned out across the city in a dragnet that netted 600 Mexican Americans. Among those accused of murder was a young "zoot-suiter" named Hank Leyvas -- the poster boy for an entire generation of rebellious Mexican kids who refused to play by the old rules. As he and sixteen other boys headed to trial, the mood of the city turned violent. The deck was stacked against the defendants, and a verdict of guilty would spark a series of brutal riots. The convictions were ultimately overturned, but the city and its inhabitants would be forever changed." Includes a Transcript of the program, primary sources, people and events, a timeline and more. Excellent

Casa de Joanna: Language Learning Resources             NEW URL!
http://www.casadejoanna.com/mirror/
Language resource links for the study of French and Spanish. The Spanish links include: Getting Acquainted; Family & Self; Friends, Activities & Sports; Clothes; Community; Food; Health; House & Home; Restaurants; School; TV & Movies; and Vacation & Travel. Also, Newspapers, Culture, Web Guides and more. Excellent

CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE!
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hispanic/index.htm
A Scholastic site on Hispanic Heritage. Sections: Hispanic History in the Americas, Meet Famous Latinos, Latinos in History, My Heritage, Piñata Concentration Game and a Teacher’s Guide and Research Starter. Excellent

CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH – NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/feature/hispanic/
Highlights various National Park Service and Historic Register sites that celebrate the achievements and history of Hispanic Americans. Includes Featured Historic Places and Teaching with Historic Places which has lesson plans geared to specific sites. The lesson plans are designed to bring the historic sites and their significance into the classroom. Excellent

                                       

CINCO DE MAYO
http://www.umkc.edu/imc/cincomay.htm
Information on the history of the Cinco de Mayo celebration. Includes a large section with activities for the classroom. Includes songs, role-playing, language arts and more. Excellent

ÍESPAÑOLÉ! THE ONLINE RESOURCE FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS OF SPANISH
http://www.espanole.org/
A huge site, not only on the Spanish language, but also on the culture, history, music, food and arts. Outstanding. Excellent

ESPECIALLY ESPAÑOL
http://www.kn.pacbell.com//wired/espanol/index.html
A page of Spanish activities and resources for elementary, middle and high school students. A step above the usual list of links page. Excellent

HISPANIC HERITAGE CROSSWORD PUZZLE             NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/xwords/20020913.html
A crossword puzzle from the NY Times on Hispanic Heritage. Excellent

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
http://www.factmonster.com/spot/hhm1.html
An outstanding site on Hispanics. Sections include: Hispanic Americans by the Numbers, Spanish Loan Words, Countries of Origin, Spanish Accents, Hispanics in Congress, Where Spanish is Spoken, Hispanic Holidays, Spanish Place Names, Preference for Racial or Ethnic Terminology, Biographies, a Crossword and two quizzes. Excellent

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/socialstd/Hispanic.html
Classroom activities for Hispanic Heritage Month. Activities for K-5, Activities for 6-8, Activities for 9-12, and Great Links to Hispanic Sites and Reading Adventure Activities. Excellent

HISPANIC ONLINE.COM
http://www.hispaniconline.com/
Daily news of interest to Hispanics. Sections: Arts & Entertainment, Politics & Opinion, Lifestyle, Business & Finance, Career Center, Technology, Education, Research & Resources, and Sports. Excellent

HISPANIC ONLINE MAGAZINE
http://www.hispaniconline.com/magazine/
An online magazine covering various aspects of Hispanic life and heritage. Excellent

HOT INTERNET SITES İEN ESPAÑOL!
http://www.kn.sbc.com/wired/fil/pages/listspanish.html
A hotlist of links to sites for those who speak Spanish. "resources for students who speak Spanish as their primary language and you will also find links for students learning Spanish as a foreign language. The resources are appropriate for Kindergarten through Community College levels." Sections: The Internet Resources, Elementary, Secondary, and Teacher Resources. Excellent

KOKONE – MEXICAN SITE FOR KIDS
http://www.kokone.com.mx/menu.html
A colorful site for kids from Mexico. Note: This site is in Spanish with no English version. We were not able to rate this site

LATINO/HISPANIC HERITAGE
http://www.42explore.com/latino.htm
Activities and websites on Latino/Hispanic heritage. Excellent

LATINO VIRTUAL GALLERY
http://latino.si.edu/virtualgallery/LVGhome.html
A virtual gallery exploring Latino achievements in the arts, culture and history. Exhibitions: Lowrider: An American Cultural Tradition; Revealing Personal Identity: The Indigenous Vision of Manual Carillo; Inside Out: Growing Old in the United States and Antonio: 25 Years of Creative Collaboration. Excellent

                                                               

MEXICO FOR KIDS
http://www.elbalero.gob.mx/index_kids.html
A site from the Mexican government for kids to learn about Mexico and its people. Sections: History, Government, Explore, Biodiversity, Games and About Mexico. Includes a section called Paper Zoo in which students can make animal models from paper. Excellent

MEXICO – 42EXPLORE             NEW!
http://www.42explore2.com/mexico.htm
Information and activities about Mexico. Excellent

THE PEW HISPANIC CENTER
http://www.pewhispanic.org/index.jsp
"The Pew Hispanic Center's mission is to improve understanding of the diverse Hispanic population in the United States and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation. The Center strives to inform debate on critical issues through dissemination of its research to policymakers, business leaders, academic institutions and the media."
Sections: Demography, Economics, Education, Identity, Immigration, Health, Military, Surveys and Transcripts. Excellent

RECOMMENDED U.S. LATINO WEBSITES – DIVERSITY AND ETHNIC STUDIES         NEW!
http://www.public.iastate.edu/~savega/us_latin.htm
"This list includes Chicano (Mexican American), Puerto Rican, and Cuban American Web resources, as well as sites that pertain to Salvadorans, Dominicans, Colombians, and Guatemalans residing in the US. (If you are doing library research, please see my Latino Studies Library Research Guide also.) Only Web sites that are reflective of US Latino realities were considered; sites that are exclusively Latin American in focus are not included. Recommended Web sites listed below were evaluated for breadth, perceived authority, stability, usefulness, and accuracy. Web index sites, clearinghouses, directories (all sites that gather or point to resources elsewhere), and e-journals and electronic news (publications, newspapers, and news programs that include actual content, as opposed to just tables of contents or subscription information) are the focus. A new section reviews a number of new commercial US Latino portals and commercial subject directories now being developed and marketed to Latinos in the US. There's also a new section called OPD that lists Latino web causalities." 
Excellent

SOME SPANISH LANGUAGE PLACES
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/Algunos/spanish.html
A page of links to information in Spanish. Sections: Newspapers & Magazines; Dictionaries, Translators & Reference; Government & Politics; Internet Directories; Cultural Aspects; Professional Resources; and Interesting Home Pages. Not surprisingly, we found a couple of broken links among the extensive resources on this site. Excellent

SOY UNICA! SOY LATINA!             NEW!
http://www.soyunica.gov/
"Welcome to the ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! bilingual Web site. Inside, you can learn more about your body and mind, where your family is from, and how to make great choices for your future. You can also print out our activity books and order materials."
A fun site for teen girls, especially aimed at Latinas. Sections include: Clubhouse, Family History, Your Body, Your Future, Know Yourself, and more. Excellent

ARTE LATINO – TREASURES FROM THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM  NEW URL!
http://americanart.si.edu/t2go/1la/
An online collection of 73 works of art from the Smithsonian. Each has information in both English and Spanish about the artist and the work. Very Good

CHICANO AND CHICANA SPACE – ART EDUCATION RESOURCE             NEW!
http://mati.eas.asu.edu:8421/ChicanArte/index.html
A resource for art education. "This site is a resource for teachers, their students, and others interested in Chicana and Chicano art and culture. Chicana and Chicano Space presents over 25 Chicana/o and earlier artworks and detailed information about each, as well as thematic instructional units focused on these artworks. Some considerations in selecting the artworks have been relevance to significant themes, gender balance, geographic breadth, and historical range." Very Good

COLOQUIO REVISTA CULTURAL
http://coloquio.com/coloquioonline/last.htm
This is an online magazine for Hispanics in the Washington area. It includes the current issue and past issues as well as Famous Hispanics in the World and History and more. Very Good

CROSSROADS: CHICANO IDENTITY AND BORDER CULTURE
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/53/
"Overview:  The concept of identity is closely linked to questions of history, culture, and representation, as well as such issues as ethnicity, gender, class and region.  Think about how you identify yourself.  How does race or ethnicity play a role?  What other factors shape your identity? What themes shape the culture of those you identify with?   Some Chicano scholars and artists have found the themes of "boundaries," "resistance" and "affirmation" to be vital in understanding and representing Chicano history and culture.  This activity asks students to use Web resources to explore the concept of identity in relationship to these themes in Chicano culture."
Includes two classroom activities. Very Good

THE DIEGO RIVERA MURAL PROJECT             NEW!
http://www.riveramural.com/home.asp?language=english
Details the mural of Mexican artist Diego Rivera in San Francisco. Includes online views of the panels and discussions of Rivera’s work. Very Good

FACTS ON THE HISPANIC/LATINO POPULATION (U.S. CENSUS BUREAU)     NEW URL!
http://www.census.gov/pubinfo/www/NEWhispML1.html
Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau on Hispanic and Latino Americans. Includes: Census 2000, Social Characteristics, Economic Characteristics, Profiles and more. Very Good

FAMOUS HISPANICS             NEW URL!
http://coloquio.com/famosos/alpha.html
Famous Hispanics in the world and in history. Sections: Antiquity, Musicians, Nobel Prizes, Painters, Scientists, Sports, U.S. Military, Women and Writers. Includes brief profiles of each. Very Good

HISPANIC HERITAGE PLAZA
http://www.hispaniconline.com/hh/
Short articles on topics of interest to Hispanics and non-Hispanics. Sections: Contests, Timeline, Latino Legacy, We Are Latino, Music & Arts, Cuisine, Family, Travel, and Our World. Very Good

                                                                      

HISPANIC NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS (NOTE: THIS IS MISSPELLED AS PRICES ON THE SITE)
http://coloquio.com/famosos/nobelalp.html
A list of Hispanic Nobel Prize winners with brief biographical profiles. Very Good

LATIN WORLD SEARCH ENGINE
http://www.latinworld.com/
A search engine for "Iberoamerica and the Caribbean". Includes Articles, Radio Stations, Opinion Pieces, Countries and more. Very Good

LATINA/O ART COMMUNITY
http://latinoartcommunity.org/community/LAC.html
A site dedicated to Latino/Latina art. Includes virtual exhibitions. Very Good

LATINO LEGENDS IN SPORTS ONLINE MAGAZINE
http://www.latinosportslegends.com/
An online magazine on Latinos in sports. Includes: The Legends, Stats, Multimedia Gallery, Sports News, Trivia, Links and more. Very Good

THE PEOPLE AND HISTORY OF MEXICO – TIMELINE                 NEW!
http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/history.html
A timeline overview of Mexico’s people and history. Very Good

SPANISH LANGUAGE AND HISPANIC CULTURES LINKS
http://globegate.utm.edu/spanish/span.html
A page of links to Spanish language and Hispanic culture websites. Sections: Spanish-Language Listservs, Spanish-Language Search Engines, Maps, Campus Spanish Pages, Link Sites, Organizations Supporting Spanish Teaching & Benchmarks, Spanish Grammars, On-line Courses & Lessons, Newspapers, Magazines, and Radio/TV. Very Good

                                                               

SPOTLIGHT ON CHILE             NEW!
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/dchappell/chile/
Information and photos of Chile. Very Good

THE VIRTUAL DIEGO RIVERA MUSEUM             NEW!
http://www.diegorivera.com/index.php
An online museum dedicated to Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Very Good

VOICES FROM THE GAPS: WOMEN WRITERS OF COLOR – CHICANO/LATINA
http://voices.cla.umn.edu/newsite/writers/byethnicity.htm#chicanalatina
Biographical profiles on the lives and works of Chicano/Latina writers. Note: When you click on a name, you are taken to a site which will forward you to the profile. We were able to be forwarded with no problem. Very Good

YAHOO EN ESPAÑOL PARA NIÑOS
http://espanol.paraninos.yahoo.com/
This is the Yahooligans search engine for kids, only in Spanish rather than English. Very Good

ALEGRIA: REGIONAL DANCES OF MEXICO
http://www.alegria.org/rgndance.html
Information on the regional dances of Mexico. Click on the region for information on the regional costume, music and dances of that region. Note: Not all the sections were complete. Good

                                   

AMERICAN FAMILY: HEROES
http://www.rmpbs.org/americanfamily/heroes.html
A list of "Outstanding Individuals of Latino Heritage". Some entries are just a sentence or two, several have links to further information. Good

BARAHONA CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF BOOKS IN SPANISH
http://www.csusm.edu/csb/
Two main sections: Recommended Books in Spanish and Recommended Books in English About Latinos. Also includes Special Lists. Good

BIOGRAPHY COLLECTIONS – LATIN AMERICANS, HISPANICS LATINOS
http://amillionlives.com/Collect_spec5.html
Links to biographical information. Good

CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson023.shtml
A group of activities focusing on Hispanic Heritage Month. Includes graphing, language, study skills, writing and more. Good

CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE
http://www.galegroup.com/free_resources/chh/index.htm
Resources for teaching about Hispanic history. Includes: Activities, Biographies, Featured Titles, Links, Music, Quiz and Timeline. From Gale Publishing Group. Good

CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE
http://www.somosprimos.com/heritage.htm
"Celebrating Hispanic Heritage's mission is to support teachers, youth leaders and community leaders in their efforts to promote friendly awareness of the Hispanic historical and cultural presence - with a positive, accurate global perspective."
Includes articles, ideas for classroom activities, dramatic materials and historical resources. Good

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATIONS         NEW!
http://www.inside-mexico.com/noes.htm
Nine common misconceptions about the Mexican holiday The Day of the Dead. Good

CUBA AND ITS MUSIC
http://members.tripod.com/~lacubanaza/
An extensive list of MIDI files of Cuban music. You can download them to listen. Good

ELECTRONIC FLASHCARDS FOR SPANISH
http://www.emporia.edu/biosci/span/chap5.htm
Online flashcards for teaching beginning Spanish. Note: We were unable to view these in frames as intended. Your computer may have no problem. Good

GAUDI CENTRAL             NEW!
http://www.op.net/~jmeltzer/gaudi.html
A site about the Spanish artist Gaudi. Good

THE GRANDEUR OF VICEREGAL MEXICO             NEW!
http://www.fm.coe.uh.edu/default.htm
Online samples of the art of historic Mexico. "Many cultures contributed to the unique styles and forms of colonial Mexican art. The artistic traditions of the Aztecs and earlier indigenous cultures continued after the conquest. Spanish art itself combines European styles with those of the Islamic culture of the Moors. Spanish trade routes brought art from China and the Philippines directly to Mexico, adding Asian influences to viceregal Mexican art." Good

                                                                

A GUIDE TO LATIN MUSIC
http://www.caravanmusic.com/GuideLatinMusic.htm
Fairly detailed information about music from Hispanic countries such as Brazil, Argentina & Uruguay, Peru, Chile and more. Use as a reference point for further research or a source for artists. Click on the links for information on purchasing CDs. Some have sound samples. Good

HISPANIC AMERICANS AND LATINOS IN HISTORY
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/TM/WS_hispanic.shtml
A brief matching quiz. Match the names to what they did. Good

HISPANIC AMERICANS IN CONGRESS
http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/congress/
Click on Table of Contents for a list of links to biographical profiles. The Hispanic Reading Room link takes you to a short list of online exhibitions. Good

HISPANIC AMERICANS IN THE U.S. ARMY
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/topics/hisp/hispanic.htm
Links to accounts of Hispanic Americans in various wars. Good

HISPANIC HERITAGE – SAN ANTONIO PUBLIC LIBRARY
http://www.sat.lib.tx.us/html/hispanic.htm
A page of links to information on Hispanic history and culture. Sections: Art, Associations, Biography, The Border, Celebrations, Civil Rights, Cuisine, Current Events/Issues, Demographics, Faith, Genealogy, Literature, Music and Publications. Good

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH – NBC SAN DIEGO
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/hispanicheritage/
Information on Hispanic Heritage Month from San Diego. Includes several articles and activities. Good

HISPANIC VISTA.COM
http://www.latinobeat.net/
Articles and opinion pieces on issues of interest to Hispanic Americans. Good

HISPANICS IN AMERICA’S DEFENSE
http://www.neta.com/~1stbooks/defense.htm
Information on Hispanics who served with distinction in the military and their actions. Good

A HOTLIST ON HISPANIC CULTURE
http://www.watersmeet.k12.mi.us/ggatta/
A list of links to help students find out about Hispanic Culture. Good

IMPACT OF MEXICAN CULTURE ON AMERICA – A THINKQUEST SITE
http://library.thinkquest.org/C008371/?tqskip1=1&tqtime=0930
A student-created site on the influence of Mexican-Americans on American culture. Sections: My Own Words, Fine Arts, Sports, Food, Language, Politics, and Demographics. Good

LATIN AMERICAN FICTION WRITERS IN ENGLISH
http://library.christchurch.org.nz/Guides/IfYouLike/latin.asp
A list of Latin American fiction authors with the works of each listed. Good

LATINO BOOKS FOR CHILDREN            NEW URL!   2/06
http://www.lib.ci.tucson.az.us/kidswebb/books/booklists/bib_latino.htm
A list of Latino children’s books. Good

MEXICO: SPLENDORS OF THIRTY CENTURIES – A TIMELINE             NEW!
http://www.humanities-interactive.org/splendors/timeline.htm
A timeline of 3000 years of Mexico history. Note: Scroll to the right. Good

MEXICO’S DAY OF THE DEAD                     NEW!
http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/feature/daydeadindex.html
A colorful page of links to Dias de las Muertos websites. Good

OUR HISPANIC HERITAGE
http://www.scsc.k12.ar.us/2000backeast/Trip/Members/VillegasL/Default.htm
Information on the Hispanic influence on American history and culture. Includes a general history and photos. Also includes a Trivia Quiz and a Links for Teachers. Good

SAMPLER OF LATINO CHILDREN’S BOOKS AUTHORS
http://www.patmora.com/sampler.htm
A list of Latino authors of children’s books in this country. Also statistics on Latino children. Good

SOMOS PRIMOS.COM
http://www.somosprimos.com/
An online magazine with articles exploring present and past Hispanic history. Click on the year and then the month to see the issues. Good

SPANISH PAINTING IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY             NEW!
http://www.nga.gov/collection/gallery/gg30/gg30-main1.html#overview
An online exhibit from the National Gallery of Art. "In the 1500s, Spain had been enriched by treasure from the Americas, and the next century saw the Golden Age of Spanish painting. Most of the painters who made this such an outstanding period are represented." Good

SPANISH SPECIAL KEYBOARD CHARACTERS
http://users.erols.com/tonip625/characters.htm
Instructions on how to make Spanish diacritical marks on a Mac and a PC. Good

SPANISH VOCABULARY BUILDER                     NEW URL!
http://languageadventure.net/
Click on a category and then click on a picture to hear the word. Uses .wav files Good

SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY
http://spanishwordoftheday.com/
Sign up for a daily email with new vocabulary words in Spanish. Good

                                                               

TAKE A VIRTUAL TRIP TO BRAZIL                 NEW!
http://www.vivabrazil.com/
A "virtual" trip to Brazil to view the people and culture. Good

U.S. LATINO HISTORY AND CULTURE LINKS
http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmah/latino.htm
A list of links on Latino history and culture from the Smithsonian Institution. Not very big but worth a look. Good

UNDERSTANDING THE HISPANIC CULTURE – FACT SHEET             NEW!
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/5000/5237.html
A single page fact sheet on Hispanic culture. Good

VIRTUAL JOURNEY OF SPAIN
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet/ontheline/explore/journey/spain/spindex.htm
Take a virtual tour of Spain. Sections: Sport, Arts & Crafts, Music & Dance, Daily Life, Food, Speaking Out, Guidebook and a Quiz. Good

WHAT IS MARIACHI MUSIC?             NEW!
http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/guadalajara/marhis.html
An explanation of mariachi music and the instruments it’s played on . Good
 

LESSON PLANS & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

CONTEMPORARY LATINA WRITERS: JULIA ALVAREZ – LESSON PLAN
http://ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=422
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on Latina writers focusing on Julia Alvarez. It uses Alvarez as an example but can be adapted for several Latina writers. Excellent

GEOGRAPHY OF MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/geo_mexico/
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on the geography of Mexico and Central America. Excellent

GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTH AMERICA – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/geo_southamerica/
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on the geography of South America. Excellent

GUANTANAMERA: A POEM AND A SONG – LESSON PLAN
http://artsedge.kennedy-enter.org/teaching_materials/curricula/curriculum.cfm?curriculum_id=496&mode=full
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the song and poem "Guantanamera". "In this lesson students will listen to "Guantanamera," a Cuban folk song made famous by Pete Seeger with lyrics from a poem by Jose Marti. They will discover that these two men shared more than a song."
Excellent

HISPANIC WORLD UNIT                 NEW!
http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/letsnet/noframes/bigideas/b1/b1u2.html
A unit for middle, junior and high school students on Hispanic countries and peoples. "In this unit, students will conduct primary and secondary research to know the "hispanohablantes" in the world. These explorations will serve as windows for these Spanish-speaking countries for students to acquire information and impression from different perspectives. Students are supposed to conduct the researches by using their Spanish ability to comprehend the information on the Internet.     Through team works, they will target one country as research topic, collect information using Internet resources as well as library resources, share their research with other groups, and visit these web sites set up by other groups that relate to these Hispanic countries." Excellent

I HEAR LATIN AMERICA SINGING: EXPLORING LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH SONG – LESSON PLAN
                                                                                    
NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20030905friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on Latin American history for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students learn about the historical and current social, political, and cultural trends of Latin American countries. After researching a specific country, groups write songs that reflect the music styles as well as the history of the region." Excellent

THE LATIN AMERICAN MERCADO – WHO MADE THIS? – LESSON PLAN     NEW!
http://ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=469
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the global marketplace. "The mercado or marketplace in Latin America is a social and business event where both local gossip and goods exchange hands in a friendly, bargaining atmosphere. Through their participation in a simulated cottage industry and subsequent marketplace, students can begin to appreciate the effort and tedium involved in such work. They gain cultural understanding of the marketplace and its impact on traditional society. Hopefully, they can transfer newly acquired economic skills and global understanding to their purchasing power." Excellent

                                                                  

LATIN AMERICAN PALS: AN INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICA – LESSON PLAN
http://ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=473
A lesson plan for 6th grade students on Latin America. "Students as pairs will choose a Latin American country to become friends with and knowledgeable about. During the first month of school, the teacher will introduce students to this on-going unit, using Mexico as a model. Then the students will research their country in a variety of methods (Internet and Web connections and key pals, encyclopedias, books, interviews, CDs) and then will have the opportunity to share for a maximum of 7 minutes every other week during "Charla," a time set aside to talk about their country. This Latin American Pals project will go on all year, culminating in a Hyperstudio stack on each country or home page about our project and a Latin American travel fair exhibiting their findings." Excellent

LOS ARTISTAS UNIDOS: EXPLORING QUESTIONS OF DIVERSITY IN THE CASTING OF ACTORS FOR POPULAR TELEVISION SHOWS AND MOVIES – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20020517friday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the role of Hispanics in popular entertainment. "In this lesson, students explore the diversity of characters in popular television shows and movies, then investigate the backgrounds and careers of famous Hispanic actors." Excellent

MAPPING OF SOUTH AMERICA – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/mapsouthamerica/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on South American geography. "Students will do the following: 1/ Examine different aspects of the South American continent, including its geography, climate, industry, and political boundaries. 2/ Create a map of South America illustrating a particular aspect of the continent." Excellent

MARCO POLO CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH – LESSON PLANS
http://www.marcopolo-education.org/MarcoGrams/8-27-01.html
A group of activities and lesson plans focusing on Hispanic Heritage Month. Excellent

MEXICAN COOKING LESSON PLAN
http://www.ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=415
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students learn about Mexico by studying the foods. "For the vast majority of middle school students living far from the Southern United States border, Mexico is reduced to a few simple stereotypes: tacos, sombreros, and piñatas. From the cultural perspective we intend to dismantle stereotypes that students hold concerning Mexico and its cuisine. Mexico may be far away but quickly accessed by the Internet. In addition, one can never overestimate the impact that good computer skills will have over the lifetime of today's student. This lesson plan incorporates computer skills with the teaching of Mexican culture providing students with an interdisciplinary approach to learning." Excellent

MEXICAN HOLIDAYS – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/mexicanholidays/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on Mexican holidays such as the Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo. Excellent

MEXICAN PEOPLE: ARE THEY AS THEY SEEM? – LESSON PLAN
http://ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=462
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 designed to dispel stereotypes about Mexicans. "In order for students to understand properly the way a language is spoken, they must first understand the way the people who speak the language think and why. This unit will present a general overview of the frustrating and, more often than not, violent history of the Republic of Mexico. This presentation will enlighten students as to some of the background of Mexican people, setting the stage for further investigation and understanding of various quirks of the spoken and written language." Excellent

MIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION: HOW DOES MOVING AFFECT ME AND MY COMMUNITY? – LESSON PLAN
http://www.ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=461
A lesson plan for 10th grade students on migration and immigration. "This unit will encourage students to reflect upon the changes occurring within their own community, Albuquerque's West Mesa, where rapid development (example: Rio Rancho) and economic expansion (example: Intel) have resulted in heavy migration and immigration to the area. Along with newcomers and change come conflicts and questions concerning economics, identity and politics. Students will gain a global perspective on the phenomenon by investigating and comparing similar experiences of other communities in the Americas. Since the majority of students at West Mesa are Latino, comparisons with other Latin American nations should help to emphasize the commonalities among peoples of the Americas and break down some of the stereotypes that result in isolation, prejudice and sometimes violence in our community." Easy to adapt to our area. Excellent

MOCK O.A.S. CONFERENCE – LESSON PLAN
http://ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=472
A
lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the O.A.S. "Students are asked to represent countries they have independently researched in a mock OAS conference. A preliminary introduction to the history, function and current status of the organization will be presented. As diplomats, they must come to the conference with a resolution to present to their fellow ambassadors that addresses a current issue/interest of his or her country. Resolutions are debated, committees are formed, amendments are made, and votes are taken to adopt or reject resolutions. (NOTE: Try to have someone agree to be Puerto Rico, and ultimately represent the U.S. in the OAS conference)." Excellent

                                                                  

PLAZAS, ZOCALOS AND SQUARES – LESSON PLAN
http://ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=479
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 Spanish classes. "An effort has been made to ensure that students use multiple skills in the undertaking of this unit. Students will read authentic materials in Spanish. They will write descriptions of both historical and fictional events and characters in Spanish, and they will orally present their findings to the class using new vocabulary and expressions associated with the plaza mayores. In addition, an effort has been made to require some electronic research in the project. Students will select one of the following cities where there is a historically and architecturally representative plaza mayor: Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Santiago, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Other plazas or town squares can be discussed depending on location of the students, special interests of either students or teacher. Of particular interest to some classes in the Eastern part of the U.S. might be the relationship of the village green to the plaza mayor." Excellent

RETANET RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ABOUT THE AMERICAS – LESSON PLANS
http://ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/
A collection of lesson plans for teaching about Hispanic countries, language and cultures. Note: Several of these lesson plans appear separately on this list. Excellent

THE ROOTS OF AMERICAN CULTURE: EXPLORING THE NEW VISIBILITY OF LATINO CULTURE IN THE U.S. – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19990920monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the influence of Latino culture on the U.S. "In this lesson, students first explore the notion of culture and the influence of Latino culture on the U.S. Students then work in small groups to identify ways that Latino and non-Latino U.S. cultures have engaged in cultural 'cross-fertilization." Excellent

SOUTH AMERICAN CULTURES – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/travelers-southamerica/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on South American cultures. Excellent

TOUR OF SOUTH AMERICA – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/toursouthamerica/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on South America in which students learn about famous landmarks, ancient cities and geographical features of South America. Excellent

USING CARTOGRAMS TO LEARN ABOUT LATIN AMERICAN DEMOGRAPHICS – LESSON PLAN
http://ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=443
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 using cartograms (specialized maps) to study Latin America. "In this lesson, students will make their own cartograms, one illustrating the population of Western Hemisphere nations, and the other showing Gross Domestic Product. In the final stage of the lesson, students will compare and contrast two cartograms, one for population, and the other for Gross Domestic Product." Excellent

WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE? – LESSON PLAN
http://www.ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=464
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on immigration. "Students will study immigration from Latin American countries and the statistics that are known, using the Internet and written material. A foundation will be built about understanding immigration, then the students will pair up and interview local immigrants or do Internet interviews to compile the data. The culminating activity will be a public evening of reading, sharing with the interviewees present or sending a hard copy of the final product. An alternative culminating activity would be to produce a show on public access TV, using the information gathered, either as a newscast or possibly role playing repeated situations that were cited as reasons to leave a Latin American country for another country." Excellent

APPRECIATING OUR HISPANIC CULTURE – LESSON PLAN             NEW URL!
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-in/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/Multicultural_Education/MUL0202.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-12 on Hispanic culture. "As Hispanics have been adding to America’s culture, they have also protected their own separate culture. It is this culture that you are to research. As you research and read, you are to create an ABC book of the Hispanic culture. ABC books are of a wide variety. Sometimes they illustrate alliteration (Alex ate an apple.), sometimes they teach categories (Animals- aardvark, bear, cat, dog, etc.), sometimes they are humorous, and sometimes they can be tools for teaching." Adaptable to the grade level. Very Good

DO YOU THINK DOMINICAN FOOD IS TACOS? – LESSON PLAN
http://www.ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=414
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on Hispanic culture. "This project stems from a need perceived during the course of our year-long exchange program between a beginning Spanish class in a suburban, middle-class school and a bilingual/transitional class in which all the students are recent immigrants, largely from the Dominican Republic, at a nearby inner-city middle school. We match students as one-to-one key-pals, in addition to whole class projects. In one letter a Dominican student wrote, "What would you like to eat if you came to my house? Do you think Dominican food is tacos? Because many Americans think Dominican food is tacos." In fact, the Spanish learners had no idea what Dominican food was, nor had they any other inkling of the Hispanic cultures of their key-pals. To help rectify this problem the teachers began a bilingual cookbook project in which everyone contributed an annotated favorite recipe. This lesson is an extension of that project. It seeks to provide Spanish learners with an interactive, discovery-based way of learning about Latino cultures." Very Good

HISPANIC COUNTRY/ IMMIGRATION UNIT
http://www.socialstudies.com/c/@1Q88DdBSFAzi6/Pages/HispanicImmigration.html
A lesson plan for studying Spanish-speaking countries and the immigration experience to the United States. This is a plan for high school students working with 1st graders but can be adapted for other uses. Very Good

LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (DAY OF THE DEAD) LESSON PLAN
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/americartes/visual/lessons/dayofthedead.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-12 on the Latin American celebration the Day of the Dead. Note: Includes the showing of a video but can be done without. Very Good

Border Art: a Unit of Study of Artworks Responding to the Border Between the United States and Mexico – LESSON PLAN
http://www.ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/search/retrieve.php3?ID[0]=440
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on Border Art. Good

                                                                      

A BROAD STUDY OF BRAZIL – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-in/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/World_History/WRH0001.html
A lesson plan on Brazil for grade 6 in which students study the history, geography and culture of Brazil. Good

ELEMENTARY ONLINE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG STUDENTS TO LEARN SPANISH       NEW!
http://www.apples4theteacher.com/foreignlang.html
Primary students can learn to count in Spanish and learn the Spanish alphabet. Good

FAMOUS SPANISH PERSON – LESSON PLAN                 NEW!
http://teachers.net/lessons/posts/946.html
A lesson plan for middle/junior high students. "As a year end project, my Spanish students are asked to report on a famous Spanish person, living or deceased. The report is oral, and the fun portion of the report is actually a dress up presentation. Children will dress as their character, while they are presenting. We have had so much success with this project. I have seen Columbus, Isabella, Picasso, and even a famous Hispanic roller blader (roller blades were permitted for the project). It's a fun way to learn and to end the year." Good

PLANNING A MEXICAN FIESTA IN THE CLASSROOM – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-in/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/World_History/WRH0012.html
A lesson plan on Mexico for grades K-4. "This lesson is designed to be a closing activity on a unit aboutMexico.  The students and their families celebrate Mexico's culture by planning and partaking in a fiesta, held in the students' classroom." Good

WEBQUESTS

CINCO DE MAYO WEBQUEST
http://www.zianet.com/cjcox/edutech4learning/cinco.html
A webquest for grades 3-5 on Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday. "This WebQuest concentrates on the holiday Cinco de Mayo and encourages students to explore the rich cultural roots connected to today's current celebrations." Excellent

CULTURE QUEST
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/6676/
A collection of webquests on Hispanic history and culture. Includes a Teacher’s section with information on how to use the quests. Outstanding. Note: The link for the radio station is broken. Excellent

DISPELLING THE MYTH: CULTURE WEBQUEST
http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/stennille/ST3/webquest.html
A
webquest for 4th-6th grade students on the Native American and Hispanic cultures. "Scenario: One day during lunch, two students got into a fight. The fight started when one of the students made fun of the other student's lunch. The lunch was a traditional Mexican meal. When the students got back to the classroom, a class meeting was held to discuss the incident. During the class discussion, the point was made that students need to respect each other's culture and heritage. One student said, " How can we respect a culture we don't really understand?" This question prompted the class to decide to go on a cultural fact finding mission. One student thought it would be fun to call themselves Cultural Investigators. To start off, the class decided to study Hispanic and Native American culture because they are two prominent cultures in Arizona." Excellent

EL DIÁ DE LOS MUERTOS – DAY OF THE DEAD WEBQUEST
http://www.scs.k12.tn.us/STT2000_wq/9-12/dickersone/default.htm
A webquest for high school Spanish students on this holiday. "Day of the Dead?? Sugar skulls?? Bread of the Dead?? Dancing skeletons?? Sounds scary, doesn't it? To a child it might. However the Mexican celebration, El Día de los Muertos, is not a frightening holiday at all. You are a writer of children's books. You are interested in El Día de los Muertos and want to write a book explaining the holiday to six-year old children. Continue reading to find out more about this intriguing Mexican celebration."    Excellent

EL JUEGO QUE APRENDE – THE LEARNING GAME – WEBQUEST
http://www.education-world.com/a_tech/webquest_orig/webquest_orig002.shtml
A webquest for grades 9-12. "Bess Sellers, the marketing manager at Teach Me Toys.com recently informed the company's president that, based on the 2000 census, 35.3 million Hispanics live in the United States. According to Ms. Sellers, Hispanics make up 12.5 percent of the U.S. population and 17 percent of the nation's public school enrollment. She believes that TMT would increase its sales if it produced toys and games about Hispanic heritage. LaToya Maker, the company president, agreed. She has invited several teams of independent designers to create a game that would teach U.S. kids about Hispanic countries, culture, and people. The team that creates the most educational -- and the most fun -- game will receive 10 percent of the profits from the game's sales." Excellent

EL RESTAURANTE LATINO WEBQUEST
http://www.scs.k12.tn.us/STT2000_wq/9-12/forbessj/default.htm
A webquest for middle-senior high students on Latino culture. "One of the best ways to gain an introduction to another country and its culture is to become familiar with its cuisine. As a native of a Hispanic country, you want to accurately represent your homeland to North Americans. You have decided to open your own restaurant with a partner. Since you and your partner are new to the restaurant business, the two of you are going to have to spend some time carefully researching the history and nature of the cuisine of your homeland. You will have to create a menu and a name for your restaurant as well." Excellent

EN VIVO DE…. WEBQUEST
http://www.milforded.org/schools/foran/convertino/wq/intropage.htm
A webquest on Hispanics in the U.S. "¡Qué explosión latina en los Estados Unidos! While most of America was asleep, Latinos became the nation’s largest minority group, 35.3 million according to the 2000 census bureau. 12.5 % of the U.S. population, which means approximately one out of every 8 people in the United States is Latino. We've come a long way ,chicos. Look what we have done for history, music, sports, art, television, motion pictures, etc. There’s no stopping us! The future’s here, and Latinos are standing up and being recognized. So . . . the television station that you work for, whose ratings are low wants to air a live broadcast, in hopes of boosting their ratings. Your job as host depends on obtaining famous Hispanic people from the past and/or present to join you in an effort to help the American people discover and understand more about the lives and works of these important role models. ¡ Buena Suerte!" This is a role-playing activity. Excellent

                                   

EVITA PERON: MISTRESS TO MADONNA – WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://webquest.edutech.org/LOTE/Dawn/evita2.htm
A webquest for grades 11-12 on Evita Peron. "For years I have taught a unit in my Spanish AP class on Argentina’s "Guerra Sucia" using the movie "La Historia Oficial" as the basis.  After the release of the video, Evita, starring Madonna, I  wanted to expand this unit to include the government of Juan Perón and the Peronista movement.  Since Eva Duarte Perón is such a controversial person I wanted students to research several sources and make their own decision about her contributions to Argentina. They will use the reasoning process called "investigation" as defined by Marzano and Pickering in the Dimensions of Learning Teacher’s Manual, second edition." Excellent

HISPANIC HERITAGE WEBQUEST
http://www.tamucc.edu/~edtech/summer.5310.2000/jcurnutte/Hispanic%20Heritage%20WebQuest.htm
A webquest for middle school students in which students must create a scrapbook using the information provided and the resource suggestions. Excellent

LATINO CULTURES AND THEIR TEXTUAL REPRESENTATIONS: FACT OR FICTION? – WEBQUEST
http://homepages.wmich.edu/~a8najarr/webquesteng410.htm
A webquest for high school students on Latino cultures and literature. Note: Scroll down for the beginning of the webquest. "The information and links on this site will allow you, and the members of your group, to develop a presentation based on Latino culture and one of the authors we are reading this semester. It is each group’s task to investigate their writer’s cultural background in relation to the particular text we are reading in class. For example if you are working with Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, in order to investigate the question of how the predicaments found in the novel correlate to the real world lives of contemporary Latinos, you might investigate the Trujillo dictatorship. What can you find out about Trujillo from other sources? Can you factually validate any of the incidents in the novel? Why did Dominicans flee their nation? What is the political climate currently in the Dominican Republic? Finally, does this information enable you to make new insights into the novel? If so, what are those insights?" Excellent

LATINO LITERATURE WEBQUEST
http://homepages.wmich.edu/~a8najarr/webquest222.htm
A webquest for high school students on Latino literature. Note: Scroll down the page to get to the webquest. "Your goal, as a group, is to develop a forty minute presentation on the US-Mexican War (1846 to 1848), the political history of Cuba and Puerto Rico, or U.S. Latino Ethnic Groups. Your group needs to prepare a basic history of what happened when, where and why. You should also consider how historical events affect current day Latinos in the US. Finally, you are highly encouraged to find the similarities and differences between these particular communities, historical events, and your own experience." Excellent

OUR HISPANIC WORLD – WEBQUEST
http://www.slc.k12.ut.us/ww2/barbc/HWORLD.HTM
A webquest for grades 4-8 on the culture of the Hispanic World. "Congratulations! You and your team members have secured job positions with Hispanic World Tour Company as Tour Guides, Language Translators, Famous People, and Book Critics.  All Hispanic World Tour Employees will be expected to: Become familiar with Hispanic countries by completing the sampler country questions • Research the lives of famous Hispanic people • Create a poster of your favorite Hispanic country • Read Children’s Hispanic literature books • Create a journal of commonly used Spanish words • Work cooperatively as a group on a class presentation" Excellent

                                                                

PANORAMA CULTURAL – WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/glord/IntermediateProgram/webquest/
A webquest on Hispanic culture. "Would you like to learn a traditional Hispanic folk tale or legend? Are you interested in environmental issues, economics or politics? Would you rather find out what Hispanic people are like? Their routines, their values, their societies? Or do you prefer to learn more about the arts? This site has been created to help you prepare your oral presentation for class." Excellent

ÍQUIERO VIAJAR A ESPAÑA! (I WANT TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN)– WEBQUEST         NEW!
http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/travelspain/
A webquest for high school students on Spain. "Your group has been hired by a student travel agency. The agency specializes in trips for high school groups to Spanish-speaking countries. The agency has just added a new program in Spain. They need you to research the four main cities that the program visits: Barcelona, Madrid, San Sebastian, and Valencia. Each group member will become an expert on one of the four cities. Each person will then create a virtual tour of the city in the form of a PowerPoint presentation to educate the other group members about their specific area in Spain. After the whole group has learned about each of the four cities, you will come together to create a travel brochure to persuade others to visit Spain." Excellent

STOLEN SPANISH ART WEBQUEST
http://www.esc-scnh.net/WebQuests/rincon/StolenArt/StolenArt.htm
A webquest for grades 9-12 on Spanish art. "Thieves have broken into the national art museums of several Spanish-speaking countries. They have stolen some of the works of art that cover specific events in their history or are important to their culture. You are a member of a task force assigned with re-creating the museum wings that were looted. You will prepare a list of works that will go in the museums. Can you determine what are some of the most important items in a country’s history and culture?" Note: The Teacher’s Page link is broken. Excellent

WHERE WOULD YOU MOVE? A WEBQUEST OF SPANISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES      NEW!
http://www.trilink.k12.wi.us/Ccsd/highschool/Academics/Spanish/WEBQUEST/firstpage.html
A webquest on Spanish speaking countries for junior/senior high students. "You are part of a family who has been challenged with an international move.  The father of this  family has been transferred. He has the choice of three cities in different Spanish speaking countries. The family could move to: La Serena, Chile; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; or Ronda, Spain.  Because everyone in his family will be affected by the move, he has decided to present the choices to them and together they will research the possibilities.  All members of the family are bilingual, so language will not be a barrier."   Excellent

BUEN VIAJE A ESPAÑA – AN INTERNET WEBQUEST ON SPANISH             NEW!
http://www.bellmore-merrick.k12.ny.us/webquest/lote/viaje.html
A webquest on Spain for high school students. "You will be visiting various hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions in Madrid. Gather enough information so that you can write a travel brochure using HyperStudio for your readers. After reading your brochure will they be ready to go to Madrid?" Very Good

BUENOS DIAS AMIGOS! - WEBQUEST
http://aldertrootes.wcpss.net/hispanic/hispanic99.html
A webquest for 4th grade students about Hispanic Heritage. "You have just been given permission to use the telephone to call a friend who recently moved into your community. Your friend asks you many questions about Raleigh, the Outer Banks, Disney World, and Washington, DC. She asks you so many questions because she just moved to Raleigh from Mexico. You realize that your friend wants to learn all she can about the United States and you’ve developed such a close friendship that you want to learn more about her Hispanic heritage. You decide to look for some Internet sites about Hispanic heritage and another world opens up to you! Let the journey begin." Very Good

                                                                     

CESAR CHAVEZ: QUEST FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE – WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/chavez/ccquestforsocialjustice/
A webquest for 6th grade students on social activist Cesar Chavez. "The task of this webquest is to create a play based on the skits and plays that El Teatro Campesino performed out on the fields during the UFW organizing strikes. You will perform a skit or play that informs and educates the audience to the struggles and realities faced by César Chávez during the formation of the United Farm Workers union." Note: We found some broken links on this site. Very Good

CÉSAR CHÁVEZ’S LIFE – WEBQUEST
http://spidey.sfusd.k12.ca.us/schwww/sch529/webquests/randk/t-robquest.html
A webquest for 4th grade students on the life of activist César Chávez. "The idea  is to allow the students to become familiar with the life and struggles of César Chávez. At the same time, we want to introduce the concept of social justice, so they will be able to apply  and transfer this concept and information into their own lives." Note: We found a couple of broken links on this page. Very Good

COCINA LATINA WEBQUEST
http://www.slc.k12.ut.us/ww2/rickj/cocina.htm
A webquest for elementary students on Latin cuisine. "You and your partner are interested in bringing authentic Latin American cuisine to your city. You are both very good cooks and know something about the restaurant business. The problem is this: How can you find out what Latin American people eat? What dishes are peculiar to what countries and regions? What holidays feature special dishes? Before you open your restaurant, you will need to collect enough recipes from all over Latin America and compile a cookbook." Very Good

CULTURE CONQUEST WEBQUEST
http://www.scs.k12.tn.us/SCS/trpages/hs_webquests/chs_culture_quest/images/culture_conquest.htm
A webquest for middle or high school students on the cultural differences between Mexico and the U.S. "Moving a family from any city to another is far more involved than merely a change in location. Now, consider the uncertainty surrounding a move when it is not just from one city to another, but rather from a beloved homeland to a new country with an entirely different language and culture! Such is the plight of the Conquistador family as they move from the their native Mexico to Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A. In this webquest, each of you will assume a unique role in order to assist the Conquistador family as they unravel the mysteries of their new environment. After exploring issues such laws, and choosing a home and school, your team will reunite armed with the information necessary to help the Conquistador family conquer culture shock and settle happily into their new community!" Very Good

EVA DUARTE DE PERON – WORTHY TO CELEBRATE? – WEBQUEST         NEW!
http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/argentina/
A webquest for high school students on Eva Peron. "The date is July 25, 2002, the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Eva Duarte de Peron, former first lady of Argentina. In commemoration of the influence she had on the nation, there is a proposal to make the date a national holiday. This question has aroused many controversial sentiments across the country as Ms. Peron's life receives mixed reviews. Trying to be fair to all groups, the deciding board of government officials has formed a committee to consider the petition. The committee will consist of people affected by Ms. Peron in different ways. Each committee member will express why or why not Ms. Peron should receive this honor." Note: We found broken links on this site. You may want to add your own. Very Good

FLAGS OF THE HISPANIC COUNTRIES WEBQUEST
http://www.dedham.k12.ma.us/webquest/eb/WebQuestSpanish.htm
A webquest for 8th grade students on Hispanic countries. "The purpose of this web quest of  Flags of Hispanic Countries is to become familiar with the  flags of the twenty countries that comprise the Hispanic World.  Their histories are just as different as the stories behind their beginnings, customs, and traditions. The students of the eighth grade Spanish class at Dedham High School became tour guides, and invited everyone to visit their country.   The student chose a name of  a Spanish-speaking country, and followed the required rubric in order to receive their total number of points.   A presentation was made in front of the class. Each member of the class had to take notes on the presentations for each country. An exam of multiple choice questions was given after all of the presentations had been completed." Very Good

FRIDA KAHLO AND I – WEBQUEST
http://spidey.sfusd.edu/schwww/sch529/webquests/ana/frida.html
A webquest for 4th grade students on artist Frida Kahlo. "Frida Kahlo is one of the most amazing women artists that has ever existed in Latino America.  She was born in Oaxaca, Mexico.  As a child Frida Kahlo suffered from health problems  that made it very difficult for her to walk.  Later on she suffered a horrible car accident, and the doctors though she was going to die; and if she survived, she would not be able to walk. She overcame all these hardships and expressed her anger, frustrations,  happiness, sadness through her paintings.  Due to her accident Frida Kahlo wasn't able to have children, so in her paintings she paints different animals which many times represent the children she couldn't have.  By working on the following project; you will have the opportunity to learn more about her life, her paintings, and how she overcame all the difficulties she had to dealt with.  When working on your project always keep in mind what would you do if you were in her situation?  What would you do if you could not walk?   How would you overcome the difficulties she had to overcome?" Very Good

HISPANIC ART QUEST             NEW!
http://www.brewsterschools.org/webquests/page.asp?wq_id=342&seq=0&teacher_id=380&class_id=
A webquest on Hispanic art featuring artists such as Velasquez, Goya, Miro, Dali, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo. Students go through all of the included presentations and slide shows about the different artists and prepare a PowerPoint presentation on their favorite artwork. Very Good

I LIFT MY LAMP- A WEBQUEST EXPLORING THE HISPANIC POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.frederick.k12.va.us/wq/liberty/intro.htm
A webquest for middle/junior high students on the Hispanic population of the U.S. Includes a Teacher Page. Very Good

INTRODUCTION LATINO WEBQUEST
http://members.aol.com/LatinoWebQuest/Intro.html
A webquest for junior/senior high students on Latin American cultural history. "Latin America consists of many different countries, ethnic groups and regional specificities. In this website you will explore the similarities and differences of these diverse peoples. Through the Latino WebQuest you will be able to answer the essential question "What is the cultural history of Latin America?" You will be working in a group studying one of the following eras: • Indigenous Cultures • The Colonial Era • Independence • Revolution and Resistance • The Contemporary Era." Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Very Good

SPAIN: THE CRADLE OF HISPANIC CIVILIZATION – WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://si.unm.edu/bern_2003/rob/rob_wq/wq.htm
A webquest for 10th grade students on Spain. "In 1492, the Old World and the New commenced a relationship that changed the course of world history forever. At the forefront of that revolution was the newly born nation of Spain. This Webquest will explore the history, culture, and economy of Spain and the impact this vibrant nation had and still has on the history of the world." Very Good

SPAIN’S PAIN – AN INTERNET WEBQUEST ON THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR             NEW!
http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/spanishcivilwar/
A webquest on the Spanish Civil War for high school students. "Imagine that you are a passenger in a newly developed time machine that has been programmed to return to the year 1939.  Your destination is Spain and your reason for traveling back in time is to investigate life as a result of     the Spanish Civil War.  The time machine has given you an amazing opportunity to explore Spanish culture by seeing for yourself how drastically life changed for the Spanish people after the civil war.  After Francisco Franco's fascist regime radically overthrew the Spanish government, life in Spain became very different, especially in terms of cultural developments and contributions." Note: We found some broken links on this site. Very Good

                                                                

TRAVEL TO LATIN AMERICA – WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://cmcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/webquest/reca.htm
A webquest for middle school students on Latin America. "Design a one-week trip and a travel brochure that will make young people want to go to this country. You must create a name and a slogan for your agency that will reflect your purpose for this project. You will present your trip and brochure to the class. Any "props" necessary to enhance your presentation are encouraged. (examples: music, clothing, or any other item that would be represent your country’s culture.)" Very Good

CINCO DE MAYO WEBQUEST
http://www.manteno.k12.il.us/mzasada/cincode.htm
A webquest for elementary students on the holiday Cinco de Mayo. "Using the internet, Spanish I students will work in pairs exploring "Cinco de Mayo". Each pair of students will prepare a journal using Notepad summarizing data gathered about the origin of Cinco de Mayo and its celebration. Answer the following questions. 1. When and were did Cinco de Mayo originate? 2.  Describe the problem that created the conflict. 3.  In the conflict who were the two opposing armies?  Who were their leaders? 4.  From where and when  in modern times did the idea come for popularizing the Cinco de Mayo celebration? 5.  Who celebrates Cinco de Mayo?  How is it celebrated?" Good

DAY OF THE DEAD WEBQUEST
http://users.rcn.com/dogslife.dnai/webquest.html
A webquest on the Hispanic tradition of the Day of the Dead. "Students will explore a series of websites with the objective of gathering information on a Hispanic tradition known as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead.) The assignment is to answer the questions at the bottom of the page and/or to write a short paper on the tradition." Good

FAMOUS HISPANIC AMERICANS WEBQUEST
http://teach.fcps.net/trt10/Webquests/HispanicAmerican.htm
A webquest for middle school students in which they choose an Hispanic American and write a brief biographical profile of that person. Good

HISPANIC COUNTRIES WEBQUEST
http://www.sinc.sunysb.edu/Stu/perschen/mywebquest.html
A webquest on the language and culture of Hispanic countries. "You are anxious to visit a Spanish-speaking country to practice your skills and immerse yourself into the culture. However, you do not have the money nor the permission to go to such a country. Both of these, you must get from your parents. But, your parents are a little afraid of going to a foreign country. It is your quest to convince them to go." Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Good

TEJANO MUSIC WEBQUEST
http://www.nashua-plainfield.k12.ia.us/projects/barbmc/
A webquest on Tejano music. Written for San Antonio but adaptable. Good

UN DIA EN MADRID – WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hollow/1264/Spanishwebquest.html
A webquest on Madrid, Spain. "What if one day you went to Madrid? This WebQuest project answers that question! You'll plan an itinerary for one full day in Madrid using the Web and other sources. In Paso a Paso: Madrid, the students saw all of the big sights. Where would you go? What would you do? Who would you meet? The choice is yours! You have an unlimited budget to expand your horizons." Note: We found several broken links on this site. Good

                           

Disclaimer: We cannot check every link within each site.

Prepared by the Cumberland County AVA Center staff. Please call #856-451-0817 or email: avacenter@cumbavac.org with questions or suggestions for future web site lists. This list is also posted on our website at http://www.cumbavac.org

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October 2004

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