Sotomayor Sure to Spark Interest in Hispanic Heritage Month
New AFT Web materials spotlight pioneering Supreme Court justice
SONYA SOTOMAYOR'S RISE to become the first Hispanic appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court undoubtedly will generate high interest in this year's observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which kicks off Sept. 1 5 and runs through Oct. 15.
Sotomayor's trailblazing ac- complishment also will be spot- lighted in new materials posted on the "Classroom Resources" section ofwww.aft.org, which expanded the Hispanic Month resource sec- to help teachers mark this event. "We can defi- nitely implement that in the classroom," Claudia Navarro, a member of the AFTs English language learners cadre, says of the new Sotomayor materials. Hispanic Heritage Month, is a "great opportunity for students to understand a bit more about all different nationalities, how everyone contributes."
ELL cadre member Susan Lafond, a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards-certified teacher in English as a new language, says the task of finding good materials related to Hispanic Heritage Month has eased with the growth of the Internet. "Why reinvent the wheel?" asks Lafond, who lists some of her favorite sites for commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month:
* The "Kids Corner" section of the Smithsonian Institute online, http://latino.si.edu/ KidsCorner: "Has a great virtual field trip for …
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Publication information: Article title: Sotomayor Sure to Spark Interest in Hispanic Heritage Month. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: American Teacher. Volume: 94. Issue: 1 Publication date: September 2009. Page number: 6. © American Federation of Teachers Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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