At this point, the focus of social studies lessons will turn to more recent historical developments, examining issues such as illegal immigration, conditions in Cuba, trade with Mexico, the struggles of migrant workers, and the future of Puerto Rico. Again, much of this material must be adapted for use with younger children. Also, there are some, but not many references to these issues in the children's literature we will be reading. Newspapers and current events magazines often contain relevant information.
Though a knowledge of outstanding Hispanic/Latino Americans from more recent history should flow naturally from the group's readings and studies, a specific section will attempt to reinforce and add to the list of individuals pupils have encounter. Eventually, children will be asked to investigate and compile information on prominent Latino/Hispanic Americans using appropriate references. They will create related visual aids, put their material together in a logical, interesting manner, and present the results to the class in an oral report. Some reports will also be presented to other classrooms on the team. Reports may be done individually, in pairs, and perhaps as part of a small group. A list of Latinos/Hispanics who might be covered could include the mural artist Diego Rivera, the labor leader Cesar Chavez, the government leader Henry Cisneros, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, the baseball player Roberto Clemente, and many others.