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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DBQ – Persecution of Boulder County Latinos by the Ku Klux Klan

In this lesson students will learn about the 1920s KKK persecution of Boulder County Latinos by reading and analyzing primary sources. Students will then create a modified DBQ that provides evidence of the Latino experience with the KKK.

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

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DBQ – Issues of Race in Boulder County, 1910-1935

In this lesson students will use the DBQ format to explore issues of race in Boulder County from 1910 to 1935. Topic: Race issues between white residents and Mexican migrants in Boulder County were due to existing racial tensions. Assess the validity of this statement as it pertains to the time period 1910-1935. In the 1910s and 1920s, Mexican migrant workers came to Boulder County to work in the fields and in the coal mines. These immigrants maintained their cultural identity by speaking Spanish, keeping their Catholic faith, and holding on to the customs and traditions of the Mexican people. These immigrants faced the challenge of fitting into a society that was decidedly “American,” and was supported by the Ku Klux Klan, an organization committed to the preservation of what they deemed were American ideals.

 

Created By: Martin Clark, Mead High School 

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Comparing the 1980 Shootings in Longmont with Michael Brown/Ferguson

In this lesson students will use the materials from BCLHP focused on the Longmont Shootings in the 1980s and the creation of the Kensington Park Mural, Unity, and draw connections between events in Ferguson, MO / Michael Brown. Students will create a mural reflective of themes, symbols, and ideas in Unity but apply these to Michael Brown. Students may write a short paragraph or essay explaining the connections between the two murals and/or give an oral presentation.

Created By: Cara Luchies-Schroeder, Skyline High School 

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20th Century Discrimination and Civil Rights

In this lesson students will use primary sources to explore how local individuals responded to 20th-century Latino experiences with discrimination. WWII Latino Veterans, 1920’s Ku Klux Klan, and Civil Rights era events will be explored. The unit assessment is a Socratic Seminar focusing on this question: In Boulder County Civil Rights conflicts, who was more effective in ensuring civil rights for the citizens: individuals or the government?

Created By: Justelle Grandsaert, Silver Creek High school 

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