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Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 – October 15. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th – October 15th by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.



Nickelodeon Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

What stories of the Hispanic community will we read together as a class?

  • A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood.  When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she’s always known.
  •  My Papi Has a Motorcycle Read Aloud

  • This story focuses on a young girl and her curiosity over her very long name. The main character Alma is concerned about her name, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela, “not fitting” on a piece of paper. She approaches her dad about her concern, and in response he ensures her that her name does fit.
  • Alma and How She Got her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

  • Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina     password is: jarbig7  (This is the actual story that you can read yourself)  You also have the option to click on Read the Text and follow along.
  • YouTube Read Aloud of Mango, Abuela and Me (students at home could use this link)
  • You will notice and think about the problem and solution in this realistic story about a young girl’s relationship with her grandmother.
  • You will read in your head and aloud in ways that help your listeners understand the story ( changing your voice to show dialogue or a character’s feelings)  You will try to do this work when you’re reading longer sentences.
  • Imagine you are Mia and you just met your grandmother. What do you want her to know about you?
    Create a mini-poster to tell this new family member about yourself. Label the most important parts!


Separate Is Never Equal Read Aloud

When a Hispanic family encounters segregation, they fight back—and win

  • Sylvia Mendez was an 8-year-old American child living in California. But because of her Mexican heritage, she was barred from her town’s public school and forced to attend a run-down “Mexican school.” Soon she and her family were in the middle of a legal battle that helped end segregation in California schools.
  • All readers will travel back in time and place themselves in the shoes of a family that overcame injustice and helped integrate California schools. The readers will identify the theme of the play that is based on real events.
  • 2 Minute Interview  between Sylvia and her younger sister, Sandra. Listen to Sandra tell the story of when she discovered her family had made civil-rights history. Shockingly, she didn’t learn about their legacy until she was in college!
  • The Fight for What’s Right Readers’ Theater   password is: jarbig7