It's Hispanic Heritage Month and I'd like to alert everyone to the premiere tonight (September 17) of a new six-hour documentary series on PBS, Latino Americans, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The film is the first to tell the story of Latinos in the U.S. in any depth, from the 1500s to the present day, and not only touches the big historical issues, such as immigration, westward expansion, and the civil rights movement, but also sees this history through the lens of individuals, from celebrities and social activists such as Rita Moreno and Cesar Chavez, to ordinary people.
The website for this series is mostly finished and gives you the opportunity to see the episodes online and integrate them into your classroom (Spanish or English--the site is bilingual). It has a timeline and social media tie-ins in the form of a blog. There is a special feature here called "Mi Historia" in which you can upload videos of your own experiences (or those of your students or their families) into the site. The classroom features (lesson plans, etc.) are still under development, but should be released shortly!
Please enjoy this wonderful resource and let us at EDSITEment know what you think and how you might be using it in your classroom.
[Image from the website: Gloria Estefan performing at Superbowl XXVI, 1992. AP Photos/NFL Photos]