From September 15 - October 15, time is taken to appreciate and honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans to the culture, history and heritage of the United States. Originally started as “Hispanic Heritage Week” under President Lyndon Johnson, President Ronald Reagan expanded the week to cover a 30-day period and it was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
This is also a significant month for many Latin American countries. September 16th is dia de la independencia for México, and Centroamerica celebrates independencia on the 15th of September.
Latinx influences in pop culture can be seen in a variety of ways. In the music industry, for example, artists like Luis Fonsi are breaking billboard music records while artists such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Prince Royce continue to top the charts with reggaeton and bachata hits as well.
Need some ideas on how to bring Hispanic Heritage Month to life inside your classroom? Check out Scholastic’s 24 Great Ideas for Hispanic Heritage Month
And of course, here are some Quizlet study sets on Hispanic Heritage you can use today with your students (Quizlet Live, anyone?):
Central American Geography
Spanish Vocabulary (School)
Spanish Literature Authors
¡Feliz mes de la Herencia Hispana-- logra todos tus objetivos! Estoy orgulloso de mis raíces latinas.
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