Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month - A Social Studies Look Ahead: September 2022History Engagement Activities for Social Studies Teachers
Content sourced from HispanicHeritageMonth.gov for educational purposes.
What is National Hispanic Heritage Month?
According to HispanicHeritageMonth.gov, each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.
Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.
Questions for Students about Hispanic Heritage Month
- When was Hispanic Heritage Month enacted into law?
- Why is September 15 a significant date? What are some other relevant dates in September?
- Name one influential Hispanic American. Who are they and why are they famous?
How to Learn More about National Hispanic Heritage Month
The National Hispanic Heritage Month website offers a number of free activities, from primary source analysis to historical readings and more.
Select an activity and explore it with your students.
Teaching Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month
The following recommended social studies classroom items are available at teachersdiscovery.com.
Events in Hispanic American History Poster - 30 key events that helped shape Hispanic history in the United States.
Heroic Americans Poster Set - Eight heroic Americans, including activist Cesar Chavez.