Expressing Heritage and Creativity

At the conclusion of their art and music unit of study, students in Herenia Padilla’s Spanish Native Language Arts I class made presentations to their class members about the many famous Latino painters they studied, their works and the beauty of Latino music. One class created original pieces of art accompanied by a writing component and an oral presentation while another researched various traditional dances, including the cha-cha-cha, the tango and the cumbia. Some students performed these dances for their classmates, even choreographing steps of their own.

“The students had a great time with this unit of study,” said Ms. Padilla. “In addition to their research, they were able to express the meaning of being Hispanic through their writing, art and dance.”