In this lesson plan drawing on material from Latino Americans, students consider their own preconceptions of Latinos, view a trailer for the documentary series Latino Americans and identify new topics questions to investigate further. Who are Latinos? What does the term Latino American reference? In this quick, introductory activity, students consider their own preconceptions of Latinos, view a trailer for the documentary series and identify new questions to investigate further.
- Identify baseline preconceptions about Latino Americans
- Contrast content of series trailer with preconceptions
- Identify questions and topics for further investigation
Grade Levels: 4-13+
- 20-30 minutes
- Who Are Latinos? Organizer (handout)
This serves as a great pre-activity before jumping into other lessons connected to the series. It will serve as a baseline and help frame questions of inquiry.
Part I: Before Viewing
Using the prompt on the Who Are Latinos? Organizer, encourage students to list some of what they know about Latino Americans. The following questions will help generate responses. For groups with more knowledge on the subject, consider asking them to answer the questions based on society’s preconceptions. For students new to the topic, start with their own presumptions.
- Who are Latinos?
- Where do Latinos live?
- When did Latinos arrive to the United States?
- Where do Latinos come from?
- What issues are important when we talk about Latino Americans?
- Is there such thing as a typical Latino? If so, what?
- What have Latinos contributed to the United States?
Part II: During Viewing
Introduce the trailer for the documentary series, Latino Americans. Ask the students to consider the following:
- Does what they see confirm or challenge the preconceptions they listed? How so?
Part III: After Viewing
Ask students to review what they saw in pairs or small groups. They should discuss how the trailer either confirmed or challenged their expectations.
Next, students should complete the final prompts on the Who Are Latinos? Organizer:
- What did you see that met your expectations?
- What did you see that was new, different or unexpected?
- What’s one thing you saw that you’d like to learn more about?
- Write down two questions you have after viewing the trailer.
Part IV: Discussion
Have students discuss their post-viewing questions and create a chart that students can refer to during later lessons.