Students view a clip on the situation of Mexican American students in Los Angeles in the 1960s, and how self-concepts and expectations began to change during the Chicano Movement. Students can respond individually or in small groups, in writing or through discussion. The last set of questions connects the historical study to the student's own civic participation. Two extensions offer options for connecting the history to current student activism.
Puerto Rican Perspectives
This particular lesson examines Puerto Rican experiences of the United States. Specifically, it examines migration to New York and questions of identity for Puerto Ricans, who are often perceived as foreign immigrants by other Americans, despite the fact that U.S. citizenship was granted to the people of Puerto Rico in the early 1900s.
Students view a clip on the emergence of the Farmworker Movement and respond through discussion questions. Students can respond individually or in small groups, in writing or through discussion. Two extensions offer additional activities and investigation.
Digging at the Roots of My Family Tree
In this activity, students reflect on their own family's arrival to the United States by filling in a family tree with as many generations as possible. Students research and fill in as much information as possible on the names and birthplaces of themselves, their parents, grandparents and so on. Next, they plot the names and birthplaces on a World Map. More important than establishing the exact detail of their family tree is the process of understanding the migration/settlement story of those that came before them. Students complete reflective questions that compare and contrast their family's story of arrival with the rich arrival stories of characters from the documentary. Two extensions are available.
Who Are Latinos?
Who are Latinos? Whom does the term "Latino American" reference? In this quick, introductory activity, students consider their own preconceptions of Latinos, view a trailer for the documentary series and identify new questions to investigate further.
What's in a Name?
This fun activity introduces students to the idea that place-names around North America tell the story of indigenous, Spanish and Mexican settlements that pre-date the United States' presence. The investigative questions can be used alone or in conjunction with the map analysis and plotting activities.