La Raza: Who Am I? Where Am I From? Exploring Latino History in Colorado and Boulder County with English Language Learner Students

In this lesson students will study the following inquiry questions, Who are you? What made you? Research and present three topics of interest from your/the past using La Raza videos and make connections with Boulder County Latino History. Beginning of the school year unit to get to know long term English Language Learner [ELL] students and have them get to know themselves.

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Whose History, Whose Story is Portrayed in the U.S?

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.

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Creating Found Poetry: Exploring Racism against the Local Latino Community Using Primary Sources

In this lesson students will create “Found Poems” from a primary document that discusses the history of racism against Latino communities of Boulder, Colorado. Individually, students will reframe the text to create a poem with the message they have taken from the piece.
*Note: One foul word is used in this piece, so you may choose to eliminate that part of the story, or have a conversation with students about use of profanity, maturity in dealing with it, and allow them to have it eliminated if they so choose.

Created By: Lucy Copperberg, Twin Peaks Charter Academy

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Claim Your Identity: Create Your Own Acronym, in Health, History, or English Language Arts Course

In this lesson, students will design an acronym for their ideal label or “check box”. The lesson emphasises emotional wellness through diversity. Students will use primary sources from the Boulder County History Project primary resources site (good examples are: Dalia Sanchez, Jason Romero Jr., and Kelly Sarceno) or the New York Times video op-ed site (good examples are: “A conversation with Latinos on race” or “A conversation with Asian-Americans on race”) and the attached worksheet to create their acronym. A historical view can be explored through the BCLHP primary resource set, Creating an Inclusive Chicano Identity.

Created By: Rebecca Freeman, Longmont High School

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American Ideals & Identity: Blended Poetry

In this lesson students use poetry to explore what it means to be an American. Over the course of two lessons students will look at multiple sources in order to understand varying perspectives about life in America and identity. A local connection is made through Augustine Cordova’s song, “Yo Soy Chicano” [“I Am Chicano”]. In the first lesson, students will read four poems and find powerful phrases that represent the perspective of the author about what it means to be an American. Students will then compare and contrast the ideas found in the poems using a graphic organizer. The second lesson will require students to create an original blended poem using the four sources to create a more inclusive definition of what it means to be American.

Created By: Jami Revielle and Anna Lever, Frederick High School

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Connecting to the Concept of Identity in Literature and Local Latino Lives

In this lesson students make personal connections to the concept of identity and the potential effects of external forces on identity, prior to transferring their analysis skills to interpreting the concept of identity as seen in literature. (The latter is not described in this lesson plans). Students will examine some of the various ways people identify […]

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Family Traditions and Culture: Comparing Local to Other Places

In this lesson students will compare traditions in their community to traditions outside their community. Students will use their personal experience to connect to the curriculum. They will share their family culture and traditions to understand how groups of people connect to the environment.

Created By: Ana Campos Davila, Indian Peaks Elementary School 

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Defining Culture: Boulder County Latinos

In this lesson students will exploring elements of culture in a larger integrated 9th grade English/World Studies Unit 1. Elements of the larger unit will be introduced as a way of understanding the necessary themes and content vocabulary which will be applied in the mini unit. By completing group and individual assignments in this mini-unit, students will gain a more complex understanding of culture and history within Boulder County. Students will be able to blend their understanding of local culture and history into their growing perspective of global culture and trends throughout the remainder of the unit and school year.

Created By: Carly Jiron, Longmont High School 

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