About this Daily Classroom Specials: Hispanic Heritage Month was written by Lottie Simms,
teacher at Miami Lakes Middle School
and former Teachers Network web mentor.
Milestones in History
Below is a select timeline
of Hispanic influenced events in U.S. history. Each date has at least
one link where students can visit and learn more about Hispanic history
and culture. Researching topics, either on-line or from written text,
is a language arts standard supported by the National Teachers of
the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which helped put an end to the
Mexican-American War. Read how it is still in effect today.
Spain concedes rule of Puerto
our beautiful neighbor to the south and now a U.S. commonwealth,
is an island paradise. Look at some serene pictures of the island
while you read about its strong Hispanic history.
Congress passes the Foraker
many laws and policies governing Hispanics in the United States.
The University of Dayton School of Law has them nicely outlined
for you. Learn what the Foraker Act has to do with Puerto Rico.
Also learn how other policies have affected Hispanic Americans
Amendment is passed by Congress
the largest island in the West Indies. It lies just south of
Florida and east of the Yucatan Pennisula of Mexico. The Spanish
government had oppressed the people of Cuba for many years.
This led to the long Cuban revolution. When the United States
tried to intervene in 1898 on behalf of the Cuban revolutionists,
the U.S. Battleship Maine was sunk by the Spanish in
Havana Harbor which sparked the Spanish-American War. [It
should be noted that recent books dispute the Maine's sinking
as a result of battle and attribute its loss to mechanical and
human failure.] Read why the Platt Amendment was passed.
Who was Jose
Marti and what was his role in the Cuban revolution? Also
learn about the climate, plant and animal life, and abundance
of natural resources on the large island of Cuba.
1910-1920 Mexican Revolution
Madero led the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Who was he? Who was Victoriano
Huerta? Why did Pancho Villa attack the United States? See
photos of these men and read about their role in the Mexican
Revolution. If you want to brush up on your Español, parts of
it can be read in Spanish.