Nuestra America (History/Social Science OR Literature Elective; US)

Grades 11–12
May be taken as a history/social science or literature elective

“The American identity will never be fixed and final; it will always be in the making.”—Arthur Schlesinger Jr. 

Hispanic. Latino/a. Chicano. Nuyorican. Latinx. In this course, students learn more about these terms and the people, culture, history, and traditions they describe. Through a study of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, documentaries, movies, and primary source documents by US-born writers and artists of Puerto Rican, Cuban, Mexican, and Dominican descent, students consider the construction and negotiation of identity in terms of language, ethnicity, religion, race, gender, sexuality, class, and politics. They explore the stories and the history that inform each narrative. They gain an understanding of the tension between assimilation and cultural preservation and the distinctions and similarities that exist in Nuestra America. Throughout the course, students build skills in close reading, critical thinking, and analytical and creative writing.


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