Here are some resources from around the web to help plan you plan for Hispanic Heritage Month.
For the past 7 years, I have used music as my main vehicle for showing the representation of the diverse Spanish-speaking world during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Each year I have created a collection of 22 songs, each representing a Spanish-speaking country. This means there is one song for every school day of Hispanic Heritage Month. It is a great way to introduce where in the world speaks Spanish, nationalities, geography, pop culture, music genres, and novelty. They could be used as a Para Empezar class starter each day, or as a Brain Break. The videos are embedded in the editable Google slides for easy teaching.
If you do not want to spread it through the whole month, it could be a stand-alone lesson for a couple of days, perfect for a substitute. You could post the slideshow for students to go through and watch the videos at their own pace, having them rank the songs, color a map where their favorites are from or create their own music bracket playoff with a winner at the end. I found a lot of new artists and groups from the Spanish-speaking world while creating this that I hope you enjoy as much as I do!
Over the years, many teachers have used it as a fun, competitive music bracket. Learn more about how to do that in this blog post. Over the years I have created a bracket each year. The newest version with the most diverse and up-to-date music is HHM7 for 2022. Or you can get the growing bundle that currently has 8 sets of 1 song per country. Get it here. If you participate, please post and share your bracket and tag @mis.claseslocas so I can see them all!
**Update – If you teach younger students or at a more conservative school, check out YOUNG 1 song from each country instead!
Country of the day – travel videos – NEW
By request, some teachers wanted to do more to introduce each country of the day. I created a slideshow that has the country, capital, nationality, two maps, and a travel video for all 22 Spanish-speaking places. You could combine this slideshow & your song of the day slideshow to really dig deeper into each place for Hispanic Heritage Month. Or if you want multiple options for each country, you could get the culture slides bundle.
Films for Hispanic Heritage Month
Everyone could use and deserves a little break and authentic films for Spanish class do just that. In this uncertain school year, you deserve ALL the Breaks! Input in Spanish, while learning about the diverse cultures of the Spanish world is a win-win.
It all depends on your goals as to what audio and subtitles you use. For upper-level classes, I like to use Spanish audio and Spanish subtitles. For novice classes, I prefer Spanish audio and English subtitles. The only times I use English audio is for culture or maybe early Exploratory class, but with using a culture-rich film. If you are looking for documentaries, check out these 5.
- Colombia – Encanto & Encanto blog post
- Cuba – Vivo & Vivo blog post
- Mexico – El Camino de Xico & Xico blog post
- Peru – Pachamama & Pachamama blog post
- Spain – Ferdinand & Ferdinand Blog post
- U.S. – Selena & Selena blog post
This post has many ideas for the whole month organized by music, art, culture, reading, and more.
Spanish Mama also has an adorable printable mini book in both Spanish and English for learning about Peru.
Originally posted 9.12.16 – updated 9.16.19 & 8.25.21