Culture, Roots and Heritage

Survey: English | Español

The purpose of this session is to gain a deepened appreciation for the richness of Hispanic/Latino culture and to experience pride in being a Hispanic living in the United States. Students begin to develop an historical perspective regarding the presence of Hispanics in the U.S., and to appreciate the contributions of the culture as well as of individuals within that culture. This session is usually one of the first because the issues introduced are revisited and reinforced throughout the year. At this session:

  • Students explore the influence of culture on how they live their lives and interact with their families and communities.
  • Students reflect on their own cultural identity as a major component of the development of a strong, positive sense of self.
  • Students identify cultural heroes and role models so as to begin to relate their cultural heritage and experiences to concepts of leadership and community.

Objectives and Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Experience and articulate cultural pride, who they are, how they define their heritage.
  • Increase their self-esteem by exploring their cultural identity.
  • Share an individual discovery that represents their culture.
  • List three contributions of Hispanics in their region/US.
  • Describe two Hispanics whom they know and admire in their community.