Heritage Speakers Unit: Representación latina (distance learning version)

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    17-day distance learning unit for heritage speakers about Latino representation in the media.

    Language: Spanish

    Format: This product is EDITABLE and compatible with Google Apps. Please make sure you are comfortable using Google Drive products before purchasing. If you prefer the in-person instruction version of this unit, please purchase this version. If you would like both versions, purchase the jumbo bundle.

    Teaching objectives:
    Students will:

    -listen to four discourses in English and respond to comprehension questions in Spanish.

    -identify which movies portray certain common Latino roles (in slideshow).
    -be able to define intersectionality and understand the origin of the term.
    -recognize their unique identity traits as it relates to facing discrimination.

    -recognize differences in the ways for which each classmate may be exposed to, or experiencing, discrimination differently.

    -translate the sum total of their unique identity traits through the lens of entertainment in the modern-day, to help them better

    -understand which characters in TV shows/movies most accurately reflect their identity on screen.

    -develop a Latino character that they would like to see represented in the media.

    -research current Latino representation on streaming services: Netflix, Hulu, and/or Amazon Prime.

    -demonstrate their reading comprehension skills by reading a review, and responding to questions in Spanish.
    -compare and contrast three articles in a graphic-organizer format.

    -investigate colorism in Mexican telenovelas.

    -research Spanish-language songs in the billboard top-100 hits, dating back to 2006.

    -draft and send an email to hola@lacollab.org using proper email etiquette.

    -discuss topics from the unit with their classmates.

    -watch the documentary The Bronze Screen: 100 years of the Latino Image in Hollywood.

    Inquiry questions:

    What is “proportional representation?”

    What is “tokenism?”

    What are the common roles that Latinos portray in movies?

    What is intersectionality?

    How might a woman of color experience the antiracist movement differently than a man of color?

    How might a battered, undocumented woman have different access to resources than a battered woman who is a U.S. citizen?

    How might a feminist woman of color experience the feminist movement differently than a white woman, who also happens to be a feminist?

    What makes up your individual, complex identity?

    What role does one’s self-esteem play in how much discrimination affects us?

    What characters do you identify with most?

    What makes up an in-depth character description?

    What is the current level of Latino representation on streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, & Amazon Prime Video?

    What Latino characters do you feel best represented by?

    What are the current levels of on-screen Latino representation in the US?

    What are Latino voices doing in order to increase representation?

    Does colorism exist in Mexican telenovelas?

    How does discrimination in the entertainment industry impact society?

    How has Latino representation and Spanish-language music been represented in the US music Billboard charts and how has the representation evolved over time?

    How can you convey a polite and friendly tone via email?

    What have you learned about Latino representation?
    What do producers, actors, and directors have to say about the history of the Latino image in Hollywood?
    How has the Latino image in Hollywood evolved over the last 100 years?

    Duration: 17 days

    Lesson plan: Teacher lesson plans included! Specifically designed for distance learning.

    Non-digital version:
    If you prefer a traditional face-to-face instruction version of this unit, you can purchase that here.

    Purchase individual lessons of this unit:

    Ted Talks: Latino Representation (digital version)

    Estereotipos latinos comunes en los medios de comunicación

    Lectura: Interseccionalidad (digital version)

    Lección: Interseccionalidad (digital version)

    Desarrollo del personaje (digital version)

    Representación latina en contenido por streaming (digital version)

    3 lecturas sobre la representación latina en la televisión (digital version)

    Investigación del colorismo en telenovelas mexicanas (digital version)

    Billboard WebQuest: música latina en los Estados Unidos (digital version)

    Protocolo de correo electrónico (digital version)

    More distance learning resources:
    Heritage Unit: La biografía de una persona influyente
    El "spanglish" en los Estados Unidos

    Mi vida híbrida Google Doc assignment for heritage speakers

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