Hispanic Heritage Month: Cultural Tapestry Activity

Hispanic Heritage Month: Cultural Tapestry Activity

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, delve into the rich tapestry of Hispanic and Latinx culture with interactive activities, curated Britannica lessons, graphic organizers, and more. This engaging lesson plan is designed to help students expand their horizons as they research different traditions, customs, and cultures, then present their findings and share a fun cultural artifact with the class. 

Spotlight on Latin America

People living in the United States who are descendants of Spanish-speaking peoples are known as Hispanic Americans or Hispanics. Since most Hispanics trace their ancestry to Latin America, they are also often called Latinos/Latinas/Latinxs.

This highly diverse group includes people with roots in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras, other parts of Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

Weave a Cultural Tapestry

1. Become New Explorers

Investigate cultural elements of Hispanic American communities, highlighting some of the countries mentioned above. Students will begin their Latin American journey in Britannica School, where they can explore nonfiction articles on a variety of cultural topics, from ancient civilizations to pop music. As your students browse, ask them to save the articles they find most interesting.

  • Use the “related topics” tab to discover more articles, ebooks, and credible websites related to your search.

Students can bolster their findings using the extensive library of images and videos on ImageQuest. Have students curate albums of their favorite photos to stay organized as they research.

2. Thought Treasure Hunt

Once students have finished their preliminary research, it’s time for them to build the foundations for their reports. Have students review their favorite Britannica School articles and albums in ImageQuest to choose a country to highlight in their presentation.

We’ve included a few of our favorite downloadable organizers to help students create connections and develop a robust research base, no matter what the subject matter.

3. Cultural Showcase

In this step, students become cultural ambassadors. Have students create a poster, slide show, or another type of presentation using the articles, photos, and videos that they compiled during their research. This presentation should not only relay facts but also illuminate their personal choices and reasons behind them.

After each presentation, have students discuss and ask each other questions to foster understanding and spark curiosity. To encourage discussion, have students make note of interesting facts during presentations to share later.

Did You Know?

5 Fast Facts

  • Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with the celebrations of Independence Day in many Latin American countries.
  • Latinos make up the largest minority group in the U.S., with over 50 million Hispanic Americans living in all 50 states.
  • Many Hispanic Americans identify most with their family’s country or area of origin.
  • More than half of all Hispanic Americans are of Mexican ancestry. Some descended from settlers in what was once part of Mexico, while others have migrated to the U.S.
  • Hispanic Americans are all unique, with their own customs, traditions, religions, social characteristics, political beliefs, etc.

4. Share and Show

Finally, invite your students to bring or create something that represents an aspect of the culture they researched to share with the class.

Suggested ideas:

  • A popular food or drink
  • A type of dance or sport
  • A famous person in this community (past or present)
  • Notable music, movies, art, or literature
  • Traditional clothing, accessory, or décor

Finally, have students arrange each unique item to “weave” a tapestry of Hispanic Heritage that showcases both diversity and unity.

This activity uses resources from Britannica School and Britannica ImageQuest. Not a subscriber? Contact us to learn more.


About The Author

Mickey Tennis

Education Consultant - Bilingual Specialist
Mickey Tennis is an Education Consultant and Bilingual Specialist. She is originally from Wisconsin but has worked and lived abroad for the past 9 years and currently lives in Mexico. She has been an English language teacher in Thailand, an Environmental Educator with the Peace Corps in Mexico, and an online educator to youth around the world. She is TESOL and TEFL certified, as well as a certified Environmental Educator.

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