What Our Secondary Textbooks Miss: Infusing Mexican American History into U.S. Social Studies Curricula
This Tools and Strategies piece focuses on Mexican Americans’ experience during the Chicano(a) Rights Movement. Drawing upon Culturally Relevant Education, a social justice framework (Aronson & Laughter, 2016), the authors provide a rationale for the importance of this historical topic and suggest teaching ideas through a lesson series WebQuest. In the lesson series, teachers and students compare the rhetoric of César Chávez and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales. Students then can apply the learning from the lessons to an issue about which they are passionate. The aim is for educators to use this piece to become informed about relevant historical issues and take up key elements from the lesson series.
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