This is a sub plan that can be used anytime during National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15). It is also a good emergency sub plan to keep handy. It includes three articles related to Hispanic Heritage month, how other countries celebrate their independence day, and notable Hispanic-Americans. Comprehension questions following each article. Also included is a crossword puzzle featuring some of the terms from the articles.
You may also use this as a starter for your Hispanic Heritage mini-unit. After they read these articles and answer questions, they can do research on famous Hispanic-Americans and present to the class.
UPDATE 10/6/13: I apologize that the crossword was incorrect. I have updated it with a longer, working crossword. I also deleted the text at the end that said that the crossword was optional and included a key.