What Our Secondary Textbooks Miss: Infusing Mexican American History into U.S. Social Studies Curricula

  • Monica S. Yoo University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Sylvia L. Mendez
  • Nina Ellis Frischmann
  • Scott Noeller
  • Dana Wallner
Keywords: culturally relevant education, secondary students, social studies, Mexican Americans, civil rights, lesson plan, Web resources, Chicano Civil Rights Movement

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Sylvia L. Mendez

Dr. Sylvia L. Mendez is an associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Research and Foundations at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Nina Ellis Frischmann

Nina Ellis Frischmann is a doctoral student in the Department of Leadership, Research and Foundations at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Scott Noeller

Scott Noeller is a doctoral student in the Department of Leadership, Research and Foundations at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Dana Wallner

Dana Wallner is a doctoral student in the Department of Leadership, Research and Foundations at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Published
2021-02-19