History’s Most Influential People: Boulder County Edition

In this lesson students will analyze the characteristics of influential people. The lesson begins with a brainstorm list of influential people in history. Students are then asked to analyze primary sources focused on one of two influential leaders in Boulder County (Esther Blazon or John Martinez). Finally, they will think about where they see themselves in history and create a “Time Magazine Most Influential Person of the Year” cover about their future selves. The assessment will be a written analysis of how the local leaders might be considered influential people in history.

Created By: Jessica Adviento-Mackey, Longs Peak Middle School

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Repatriation or Deportation – Creating a Secondary Resource

In this lesson students will use primary resources to create a secondary resource using the app iBooks Author. The students will write a chapter formulating a historical argument concerning the deportation of Mexicans during the 1930s that uses primary sources for support. The student narrative will keep the following 3 questions in mind; What does it mean to be an American or U.S. citizen? What is government’s role in a market economy? In what ways does the United States government influence decisions regarding production and distribution of goods?

Created By: Rob Halsey, Timberline PK8

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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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Chicano Educational Negotiations/Demands: A Comparison of Los Angeles and Boulder County (a Spanish Language Lesson)

In this lesson students will discover how the Chicano walkouts and educational demands in Los Angeles in 1968 were similar to and different from those in Boulder County in the early 1970s.

Created By: Keri Dunphy, Peak to Peak Charter 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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“The Outsiders,” Longmont Times, and Stereotypes in Informational Texts

In this lesson (one class period) students will investigate, as well as compare and contrast, how writers structure newspaper clippings in order to maintain stereotypes and manipulate story. The central primary document for this lesson is a photocopy of an actual newspaper from the Longmont Times written in 1932. For the purposes of this lesson, the other newspaper clipping will come from chapter 7 in The Outsiders. However, it is important to note that this second newspaper clipping can be easily substituted for any other newspaper clipping, real or imagined. The structure and format of this lesson will work just the same.

Created By: Collin Currier, Casey Middle School 

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4th Grade Colorado History: Integrating Boulder County Latino History

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 

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Civil Rights Movement in Colorado- Latinos and Education: A Socratic Seminar

In this lesson students are challenged to view Civil Rights as a continuing process for marginalized groups. In particular, we will focus on Latinos in the Colorado educational system during the Civil Rights movement. When addressing the Civil Rights movement in American History, many students think of the courageous work done by African-Americans and other allied groups in the Southern United States (especially if they have taken a Civil Rights unit). This lesson expands their understanding to include Latinos. Students end the lesson by identifying other groups who may still be struggling with equal access to Civil Rights in American society, as focused on education.

Created By: Michael Codrey, New Vista High School

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