In this lesson students will identify and describe the history of migration from New Mexico and southern Colorado to Boulder County which demonstrates the long history of Latinos in Colorado that pre-dates the Treaty of Guadalupe and the formation of the current US borders. Students will use this information to answer the essential questions of […]
What is an American?
In this lesson students will use a strategy called “Philosophical Chairs:” and relying on primary and secondary sources, students discuss what makes a person “American.” I use this lesson in subsequent lessons to consider the question, “Who is the ‘American’ in the American Dream?”
Created By: Lee Lazar, Casey Middle School
The Impacts of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo – Local Connections: How Do External Policies Impact Personal and Cultural Identities
In this lesson students will explore the impact that the changing of borders and the breaking of Treaty promises had on the Latinx living in New Mexico and Colorado. Students will explore primary sources to analyze the long-term impacts of the treaty.
Created By: Emily Krochmal, Altona Middle School
Migrant Farmworkers in Boulder County – Spanish Language Lesson
In this lesson students will learn about Latinos’ participation in the agricultural work of Boulder county (1900’s-1940’s), then connect it with María Ramirez’s story as well as the book written “Cajas de Cartón” by Francisco Jimenez. In Spanish, students will integrate the past tenses as well as subjunctive mood. They will discuss their families’ stories of arriving in Boulder, their family’s current feeling of identity and belonging, explore and challenge their ideas of inhabitants of Boulder.
Created By: Julie Irwin, Shining Mountain Waldorf School
PE Lesson Local History Simulating Immigrant Activities
Math Lesson – Mode, Range, Median, and Bar Graphs Using Latino History in Colorado & School Census Information
Los primeros latinos en el condado de Boulder y la migración de tu familia [The first Latinos in Boulder County and the migration of your family] (a Spanish language lesson)
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.
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
Migrant Workers: Tools That Sustain
In tis lesson students focus on the farm tools used by migrant workers to tell personal stories. The lesson provides the opportunity for students to learn and appreciate the contributions of migrant workers to our country and how children of the fields learn life lessons. The tools used by migrant workers serve not only to do the manual stoop labor required to provide food for American tables, but also as training tools for lessons that sustain and develop the thirst and hunger for knowledge. Thus grows the drive and determination to not only survive, but succeed. The lesson can also be used to highlight local Latino migrant contributions to the U.S. food industry. Extensions offer the opportunity for research into family agricultural/migrant history or other topics of student interest.
Created By: Maria B. Ramirez, Angevine Middle School