ERIC Number: ED365482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Kids Explore America's Hispanic Heritage. Westridge Young Writers Workshop. First Edition.
Jefferson County Public Schools, Golden, CO.
This book was written by 82 students in grades 3-7 at Westridge Elementary School (Littleton, Colorado) during a summer enrichment class. The book was written for anyone who wants to learn about Hispanic culture and heritage. Chapter 1 gives an overview of Hispanic history, beginning in the 1400s. This chapter discusses the ancestors of Hispanic peoples, Spanish takeover of land in the New World, effects on Mexico when the United States became a country, individuals who fought for Hispanic rights, and famous Hispanic relatives of the student writers. Chapter 2 describes festivals common to Hispanic culture, traditional Hispanic food including recipes, and traditional Hispanic dances. Chapter 3 discusses the careers of five Hispanic artists and describes traditional Hispanic art forms including retablos, santos, and folk art. This chapter also includes directions for making pinatas, molas, and luminarias. The fourth chapter discusses common Hispanic sayings, jokes, and riddles that have been passed down from generation to generation, and lists words common to both Spanish and English, places in the United States with Spanish names, and easy-to-learn Spanish phrases. Chapter 5 includes five stories common to Hispanic culture. The last chapter presents interviews with Hispanic Americans, who relate the importance of their culture, family traditions, and values. Contains numerous illustrations and photographs, lists of student and teacher participants, and an index. (LP)
Descriptors: Art Products, Artists, Childrens Literature, Cultural Activities, Cultural Education, Dance, Elementary Education, Folk Culture, Food, Hispanic American Culture, Hispanic Americans, Holidays, Mexican American History, Mexican Americans, Student Developed Materials, Student Publications
John Muir Publications, Santa Fe, NM ($7.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Public Schools, Golden, CO.