Library of Congress Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Do you need additional resources to celebrate the second half of Hispanic Heritage month? The Library of Congress has some wonderful materials for you and your students.

In her Five Questions post, Catalina Gómez spoke about the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, a rich collection of noted Hispanic writers, including Nobel Laureates Gabriel García Márquez, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz, reading from their works at the Library of Congress. This collection provides a unique opportunity to hear great poets reading and discussing their writings.

Juan Felipe Herrera, Sarita Sol Gonzales and Elena Medina. Photograph by Shawn Miller

Juan Felipe Herrera, Sarita Sol Gonzales and Elena Medina. Photograph by Shawn Miller

Another Five Questions interviewee, Francisco Macías from the Law Library of Congress, highlights the history of Hispanic Heritage month in a blog post from the Law Library blog In Custodia Legis.

Looking for ways to bring music into Hispanic Heritage Month activities? Within the Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America, there is an essay on Spanish American Song as well as features on the music of Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.

We are thrilled that Juan Felipe Herrera is spending another year as Poet Laureate. Learn more about him and see the activities that he completed during his first year.

A page from the Huexotzinco Codex

A page from the Huexotzinco Codex

Revisit our blog post on using images to study the activities of the Hispanic community. Our primary source set on Mexican American Migration and Communities will lead you to other images you can use with your students.

Try our lesson plan on the The Huexotzinco Codex,which combines a primary source from the native peoples of Mexico with a math activity.

Make sure to visit the Hispanic Heritage Month portal with resources from the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, Smithsonian and other federal cultural heritage organizations

How have you celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month? Let us know in the comments.

Primary Sources in the Primary Grades: Introducing Teresa St. Angelo, 2016-17 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence

The Teacher-in-Residence uses Library of Congress resources to create a project that will benefit their hometown or district in the following school year, and I’ll be developing primary source portfolios for teachers in grades K-2. The Library of Congress will be my home for the next year. I am humbled, eager, and honored to serve in this position.

“A Republic, If You Can Keep It”

In anticipation of Constitution Day, our “Sources and Strategies” article in the September 2016 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, suggested provoking student interest in civic responsibility with an 18th century diary entry. The featured entry was that of James McHenry, written on September 18, 1787.