Affirmation, Assimilation, and Acculturation: Middle School

Latin American culture is deeply embedded in American culture as a whole. From the Latin rock scene in San Francisco to the hip-hop world of New York, Latin American artists have influenced every genre of modern music. Learn about the roots of Latin American music, including the effects of assimilation and acculturation on Latino immigrants, and how every beat of the drum has contributed to American culture.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include in a social studies unit on Latin American culture
  • Invite small groups to present on selected Latin American musicians or genres
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson is based on a field trip to the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in Washington State, but works without the context of a museum visit as well
  • Designed for middle schoolers; an elementary version and a high school version can be found at the publisher's website
Pros

  • All accompanying materials are attached, and are also available on the publisher's website
  • Provides thorough background information, clear procedures, and thought-provoking essential questions
Cons

  • None
Common Core