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

This lesson challenges students 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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Not a Single Story: Understanding Experiences of Latinos in the History of Boulder County

In this lesson students read news articles about Latinos from local Boulder County news outlets, discuss, and write an essay in order to gain an understanding of the significant roles Latinos played in the history of Boulder County and the discrimination they experienced.

Created By: Carolyn Puska, Arapahoe High School

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The Dark Side of the Populist and Progressive Movements and the KKK in Colorado

In this lesson students will focus on the emergence of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado during the 1920’s using two primary documents. Particularly, this lesson will address the darker side of Populism and Progressivism, so students will be able to identify whom these movements left behind. This will be a mini-lesson within a larger unit on Populism and Progressivism in US History.

Created By: Michael Codrey, New Vista High School

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Using Connotation and Denotation to Identify Bias in Media Past and Present

In this lesson students will use primary sources from the Boulder County Latino History Project and differing news sources on the Baltimore Riots of 2015 to correctly identify connotative and denotative language that implies a biased message. Students will apply their knowledge to creating a news piece that uses both connotative language and denotative language to convey a biased message. This series of lessons covering approximately 7 days is intended to be taught in a quarter-long unit on race and identity. The topic of the Baltimore Riots should be covered or introduced prior to this series of lessons.

Created By: Victoria Racz, Arapahoe High School

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How has Boulder, Colorado Received & Perceived Latino Immigrants? An Historical Comparison from the Early 1900s to Today

In this lesson students will get a taste of some of the experiences of Latino immigrants to Boulder County, focusing on how they have been received/perceived by the Anglos living here over time. The teacher will use BCLHP materials to teach Spanish vocabulary as well as the preterite and imperfect verb tenses. This grammar component is intended to be a review of preterite and imperfect verb conjugation.\
Created By: Catherine Powers, Casey Middle School

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Responses to Discrimination: Exploring and Dramatizing the Role of Boulder County Latinos

In this lesson students use primary sources to learn about some of the challenges faced by Boulder County Latinos by researching and dramatizing personal accounts of injustice in small groups. After each group performs for the class, the whole class will participate in a discussion about the actions individuals took in response to discrimination and what the outcomes were.

Created By: Patty Sandoval – Angevine Middle School, Lisa Norton – Casey Middle School, Julie Lyddan – Coal Ridge Middle School

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