In this lesson students will look get an introductory look at Latino History in Boulder County. Lesson One introduces key vocabulary needed to understand and analyze Latino history in Boulder County. Lesson Two is a teacher-directed activity that guides students through an analysis of primary source images. Lesson Three asks students to identify and mark key locations in Boulder County on a map. Lesson Four asks students to look closely at a primary text for details and ideas that are important or relevant to them and create a found poem. These lessons can be done in a rotation of learning stations or can be used individually.
In this lesson students will will be asked to think about who is commonly portrayed in the media and how they fit into this reflection of the United States. Students begin with a discussion of events from one of the BCLHP youth to show how perspective plays a role in the decisions people make. They will then create a collage of who is seen more frequently in mass media. Then they will be asked to analyze documents and pull out main ideas in the form of a found poem. Finally, students will be asked create a ‘Race Card’ focusing on how they perceive to be seen or not seen. This lesson was created specifically with a small group special education class in mind, but it could be adapted for any classroom.
In this lesson students will look through the lens of different perspectives of Latinos, Anglos, Native Americans, etc. These lessons focus on local Boulder County Latino History and can be integrated with other lessons. Therefore this unit is ongoing throughout the school year. We want students to build empathy and develop cultural sensitivity and awareness for themselves and others in order to build a greater understanding of what took place in this area. Students will describe interactions among people and cultures who have lived and currently live in Colorado. Students will focus on:
- Who was living in this area of Colorado and what challenges they faced
- Connecting and comparing/contrasting past events and people with today
Created By: Sharon Trompeter, Emerald Elementary and Jeanette Scotti, Columbine Elementary