This curriculum unit is intended to provide young people with a fuller picture of our pluralistic society by increasing the opportunities for them to learn more about Hispanic people. The word “Hispanic” refers to that population segment with the capability of speaking and comprehending the Spanish language, whose ancestry identifies with the Hispanic culture. The three major groups in the United States are Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans. For the purposes of this unit, the focus will be on the heritage and culture of Puerto Ricans. This will serve as a supplement to the Social Studies program in grades three and four, but may be adapted for an elementary, middle school or high school level.
For many children in our schools, a knowledge of the history and culture of Hispanic people will enable them to understand better their heritage and culture and to achieve a positive self-image. Children of other ethnic backgrounds will have an opportunity to learn about a large group of Americans who make up our pluralistic society, and especially that group of Hispanic people who live in or come from Puerto Rico.