Carraher, Janice. "La Bamba Explained." http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/travel/jcar/jcbamba.html
An interesting article explaining various traditional and typical Mexican songs and dances.
From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity.
New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.
A look at the way Puerto Rican culture has formed on and off the island. Examines the way Puerto Ricans have been portrayed over time, as well as their contributions to American culture as a whole. Chapter 9 is an interesting look at the concept of a 'Latino Community.'
Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America.
New York: Penguin Books, 2000.
A succinct look at the history of Latin America as well as Latinos within the U.S. Includes personal stories of Latinos that reflect various historical and cultural perspectives.
Perspectivas Culturales de Espa–a.
Chicago: National Textbook Company, 1995.
A concise history of Spain, beginning with the Paleolithic age. Explores not only historical, but also cultural developments in each period.
Montgomery, David. "An Anthem's Discordant Notes: Spanish Version of 'Star-Spangled Banner' Draws Strong Reactions."
. Friday, April 28, 2006; Page A01.
Discusses opposing viewpoints of the song.
The Latin Beat: The Rhythms and Roots of Latin Music from Bossa Nova to Salsa and Beyond.
Cambridge: Da Capo Press, 2003.
A very interesting (and pretty clearly-written) look at the formation of Latin American music, and its influence and impact in the United States.
Morton, Linda. "Targeting Hispanic Americans."
Puerto Rican Herald, 2002.
Statistics on the U.S. Latino population, and the impact they have on the consumer marketplace.
The New York Public Library Amazing Hispanic American History: a Book of Answers for Kids.
New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998.
A great resource for adults as well as children. Filled with questions and answers on a variety of Latino topics. Very easy to navigate, and includes a glossary, index, and a list of excellent resources for finding more in-depth information on the topics.
Hispanic Heritage Month: What Are We Celebrating, Anyway? (Examining the Role that Culture Plays in Forming Identity).
New Haven: Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, 2005. /curriculum/units/2005/2/05.02.06.x.html
Curriculum unit with historical background. Explores concepts of identity, culture, and ethnic labels.
Latino USA: A Cartoon History.
New York: Basic Books, 2000.
A sharp, witty, illustrated history of Latinos in the United States. Begins with the Spanish Conquest of the New World, and continues from there.
"A Spanish Version of the 'Star-Spangled Banner'" April 28, 2006
A small write-up of
with lyrics and audio link.
"Has America Lost its Voice?"
The National Anthem Project.
Survey addresses patriotism in the U.S. Interesting facts about the national Anthem and music education.
"Listen to 'Nuestro Himno'."
. Friday, April 28, 2006.
Offers audio of
The official website of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Details national standards and guidelines for World language education.
The U.S. Census Bureau's official website. Filled with fascinating facts on almost every aspect of the American population.
Offers statistics and biographies of classic rock musicians.
A website of encyclopedic information. Good for general history, common knowledge, and information.
Official website of the New Haven Public Schools. Contains vision, mission statement, demographics of district.
Great site for looking up lyrics by artist or title.
The official website of 'The Star-Spangled Banner.' Lyrics, history, audio, and sheet music available for the U.S. National Anthem.
An amazing resource for information. Much of the content can be edited by the public, so the site contains a lot of information that other encyclopedia sites may miss (especially good for pop culture issues) and is updated frequently.
Orfeon Records, 1995.
A compilation from Celia Cruz's Mexican tours in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Includes
Come On, Let's Go!
Del-Fi Records, 1998.
Original recordings remastered on CD. Includes
Urban Box Office, 2006.
A compilation of songs by Latino artists. Features several versions of
A portion of all sales is donated to the National Capital Immigration Coalition and other immigrant rights groups.
Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Visions Pictures, 1987.
Engrossing PG-13 drama depicts the life of Ritchie Valens. Use your judgement if showing this to younger students.