1. 90 Miles: Immigrant Journeys

Source: Point of View

Analyze an autobiographical text. Understand the importance of historical context, explore Cuba/U.S. relations and consider the experience of immigrants to the U.S.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Film. Non-Fiction: Biography and Autobiography. Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Immigration.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

2. Al Otro Lado

Source: Point of View

Explore the forces that influence human migration, particularly along the U.S./Mexican border. Investigate the life of an illegal Mexican immigrant after he arrives in the United States.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Immigration.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

3. Almost a Woman

Source: Masterpiece Theater

Investigate the history of Puerto Rico and its relationship to the U.S. Explore the book's major themes: identity in conflict and coming of age and compare and contrast the memoir and the film.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Film. Non-Fiction: Biography and Autobiography. Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

4. Culture in Art

Source: The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

Explore how cultural aspects of our lives are depicted in society. Identify the cultural elements Frida Kahlo referenced in her work.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Anthropology/Cultures. Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Visual Arts.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

5. Escuela: Migrant Debate

Source: Point of View

Examine conflicting views regarding life and education for migrant families, and recognize the contributions of migrant farmworker families. Develop an appreciation for the impact on American culture of immigrant groups, their culture, and language.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies

Topics: Debate/Public Speaking. Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Immigration.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

6. Is the Media Part of the Story?

Source: The U.S. - Mexican War

Consider the role media plays in historical events by examining a Mexican newspaper article that impeded any chance to create peace between Mexico and the U.S. in 1845. Compare it to the role the media played in the Spanish-American and Vietnam wars.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Media Studies. United States History: 1801-1861.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

7. Learning from El Salvador's Past

Source: Justice & the Generals

Learn about El Salvador's history, conditions that contributed to its civil war and the Ford v. Garcia trial. Theorize El Salvador's likely future political and social climate with respect to civil rights.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Civics: Civil and Human Rights. Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

8. Manifest Destiny and the Power of Perspective

Source: The U.S. - Mexican War

Analyze different perspectives among Americans, Mexicans and Native Americans toward the Texas frontier in the early 1800s. Develop an essay on Manifest Destiny from the perspective of indigenous peoples.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Cultural Studies: Native American Studies. United States History: 1801-1861.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

9. Mexico: Permaculture

Source: Global Tribe

Learn about teen life in Tierra Viva, and develop a working definition of permaculture. Devise a plan to turn certain aspects of one's school into a permaculture environment.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Urban Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

10. Multiple Perspectives on the Immigrant Experience

Source: KQED: My American Girls: A Dominican Story

Discuss contemporary immigrant life in the United States, create a talk show that addresses the themes and issues of the immigrant experience and conduct research on how Latinos are portrayed in the media.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Immigration. Media Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

11. Soldados: Soldiers' Stories

Source: Point of View

Conduct an oral history interview to gain insight into what it is like to be a soldier, to gain knowledge about the Vietnam War and to understand the Chicano experience in the United States.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies

Topics: Non-Fiction: Biography and Autobiography. Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. United States History: 1968-1989.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

12. Spanish & Chicano English

Source: Do You Speak American?

Investigate the current language status of the Hispanic population in the United States, and identify features that differentiate Hispanic and Chicano English.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies

Topics: Vocabulary. Anthropology/Cultures. Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

13. The Hispanic Experience in World War II

Source: The War

Discover how World War II led to progress in desegregating public institutions and reducing racial tensions for Hispanics. Research oral histories and prepare presentations about the Hispanic experience in America before, during and after the war.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. United States History: 1929-1945. War.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

14. The New Americans: Latinos in America

Source: Independent Lens

Explore misconceptions about Latino immigrants, note their diversity and examine statistics that reflect their status in the U.S. Complete research and calculations, then represent activity findings in a chosen format.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Math, Social Studies

Topics: Data Analysis/Probability. Statistics. Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Geography. Immigration.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan