Now more than ever, it is so important to teach our children about social justice. Have you been watching the news? Social media? Then you know! Many Latinos adults can relate to not being taught about notable Hispanics or their contributions during their school years. Some may have lucked out during their college years. Nonetheless, it is our responsibility to teach our children about Hispanic activists and how they contributed to our country and made an impact with their actions.  

I was thrilled when Monica from Mommy Maestra developed A More Complete History: Hispanic Activists (Unit 1)” as part of the Teach for Justice collection, an initiative from Teachers Pay Teachers. In this unit your students will learn about five Hispanic activist, Jovita Idár, Sylvia Méndez, Ralph Lazo, Willie Velásquez and Helen Rodríguez Trías. Each lesson plan has two formats, one for distance learning “virtual instruction” and another for face-to-face learning “in-person instruction.”  

Monica has done all of the work: research and investigation; and created a comprehensive unit through an unbiased lens to teach students about the story and contributions of Idár, Méndez, Lazo, Velásquez, and Rodríguez Trías. 

With summer almost over and everyone gearing up for back-to-school, this unit is complete with resources, activities, and more! All you have to do is select which approach you’re going to use: virtual or in-person, and you’re good to go! 

Important PSA!!! IG is limiting views of posts containing words like “social justice”, “anti-racists”, etc. as “sensitive” so please do me a favor. Change the settings not to filter the content and support these types of posts by saving and sharing, too! 

Lastly, you can find this unit on Mommy Maestras Teachers Pay Teachers and you can get Lesson 4 for free.

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