GALILEO Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage in the Americas from BritannicaNational Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, is already here. If you need some resources to share with students and teachers, GALILEO includes quite a few for this celebration.

Encyclopædia Britannica includes a spotlight, Hispanic Heritage in the Americas, which offers profiles of Latin American countries, biographies of famous Hispanic American figures, an overview of the culture and history of Latin America, historical documents, multimedia, editorially-selected websites, and learning activities for ages 10 and up.

SIRS Discoverer offers articles and images for elementary and middle school students. To see these, go to SIRS Discoverer, click on Spotlight of the Month, and scroll down to see the archive of spotlights. You’ll see National Hispanic Heritage Month in last year’s spotlights. Or, just search for a famous figure, event, or place to see articles related to that topic.

A search for Hispanics in History Reference Center reveals several interesting articles and book chapters, including book chapters from Hispanic Almanac: From Columbus to Corporate America and from Handbook of Hispanic Cultures of the United States: History.

For some recent articles about Latinos in the United States, search for Hispanic Americans in MAS Ultra or search for Hispanic Americans in Middle Search Plus to see many interesting articles and book chapters, including an article about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and how Latino votes will impact the 2012 election.

For biographies of Hispanic American authors along with plot summaries, reviews, and literary criticism, go to Literary Reference Center. Click the Advanced Search and leave the search box blank, but scroll down to the Literary Author’s Cultural Identity box to search for resources about Cuban American, Latino or Latina, Mexican American, and/or Puerto Rican American authors.

NoveList and NoveList K-8 offer an article for elementary level reading, Exploring Hispanic Heritage in Children’s Literature, along with great recommendations for books set in Latin American or books portraying Hispanic culture for all grade levels. To find a great list of books to read, search for Hispanic Americans in NoveList or NoveList K-8. For a list of Hispanic American authors, to go the Advanced Search in NoveList, leave the search box blank, but limit the search to Hispanic American authors using the Author’s Cultural Identity.

Finally, GALILEO does include a few Spanish-language resources. Check out the Spanish/Español Resources area under Browse by Subject in High School and in Teen.

As always, if you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.

Courtney McGough
GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

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