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Teacher's Guide: Hints for the Active Learning Questions

History

  1. You could follow up by asking students if any of the accounts is more true than any of the others, and if not, how six accounts of the same event can be quite different -- yet equally true.

  2. You might suggest that students describe the opening scene of their documentary to grab the potential funder's attention.

Civics

  1. After the groups have made their presentations, have each summarize the mood or emotion behind its quotation or slogan (anger, pride, patriotism, defiance, etc.). Do several of these sayings suggest the same emotion?

  2. To start students thinking, you might ask questions such as the following: The Battle of the Alamo happened more than 150 years ago, so why is a new film on it needed now? How might an understanding of the events in this film affect how Hispanic Texans view the Battle of the Alamo and Texas' struggle for independence? How might it affect how Texans from all backgrounds view each other?

Economics

  1. In fact, there is a statue and historic site, Casa Navarro, in San Antonio dedicated to Navarro's life and work.

  2. You might want to introduce this activity by having students read President Bush's January 2004 proposal regarding immigrant workers and then discuss it in class.

Geography

  1. You might want to alert students to the roles played by the two rivers in the border dispute that led to the Mexican War.

  2. Students should understand that while states that once were Mexican territory tend to have higher concentrations of Latino people than other states, there are many Hispanic Americans who have roots in other areas, such as Cuba or Puerto Rico. In addition, Hispanic Americans -- like Americans of all ethnic backgrounds -- often move to new homes within the United States. (You might want to look at the U.S. Census Bureau's 2002 Statistical Abstract of the United States. Section 1, on population, includes Hispanic population percentages for each American state, along with data on Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and other Hispanic populations, in table 23 of the document, which is available as a .pdf.)

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