Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

I understand the importance of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

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In this lesson, students will learn about Hispanic Heritage Month. They will discuss important inventions and accomplishments by Latinx Americans, as well as injustices and stereotypes.

Learning objective

Students will be able to understand the importance of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.


Students will be introduced to when and why Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated. They will learn that the month celebrates people whose ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, Central America, and South America. The lesson will celebrate the Latinx community.


Students will watch a video from PBS LearningMedia about Hispanic Heritage Month. They will answer a few questions as a class to recap the video. Latinx inventors have created life-changing inventions, such as Guillermo González Camarena creating the color television. Students will look at different food from Latinx cultures, like arepas and ceviche. They will also celebrate the accomplishments of some people in the Latinx community, including Lin Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lopez, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

They will then watch a video about Cesar Chavez and discuss what they've learned so far in the lesson. Next, they will watch a video about Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. They will also talk about different customs in Latinx cultures, such as soccer, Latin dances, and quinceañeras. There is a fun video for young students to learn how to Latin dance.

Then, students will read or listen to The Shoes and I by Por René Colato Laínez. A short version is included in the lesson with a link to the full read-along on YouTube. After reading the book, students will reflect with some provided questions. Students will talk about some injustices to Latinx Americans. They will also discuss where stereotypes might come from and why it is bad to perpetuate them. Learning about and celebrating Latinx people makes our lives more interesting and helps us learn more about the world.


Have students recall what they learned in the lesson. They can research some fun facts about Latinx culture. They can pick from the given questions or choose a topic they learned in the lesson.

Instruction materials

- The Shoes and I by Por René Colato Laínez (or use the YouTube video included in the lesson)

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