Sunday, October 05, 2008
Activities Oct 6 - 10: the Latino world; research projects due Fri
Group powerpoint presentations will be presented Fri. Computer time will be extended on 2 days this week. The topic will be Latino culture (6 pts).
The presentations May include a room-temperature Latino food dish - to be consumed in a little picnic outdoors - of an interesting and teacher-approved type (optional: 3 - 5 bonus pts per student).
Mexico and Brazil will be our focus nations in a review of the Latino world of Central and South America.
A few years ago there were few Latino names on my rolls. Today, the area has seen a significant influx of Hispanic people. In the Us it has often been noted that Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group.
Hispanic ( from Hispānia, the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula) is a term that historically denoted the ancient Hispania (geographically coinciding with the Iberian peninsula; modern day Spain, Portugal, Andorra, and Gibraltar) or to its pre-Roman peoples, says Wikipedia.
The term is now being propagated within the U.S. to convey the notion of a homogeneous culture and people despite overshadowing the diversity of cultures in countries formerly ruled by colonial Spain.
The terms Hispanic and Latino tend to be used interchangeably in the United States even though, in some Spanish speaking countries, they are not commonly used. Latino, from American Spanish, is an abbreviation for Latinoamericano, originally referring to someone from South America residing in the United States. Latin, of course, is the language of the ancient Romans, from a people earlier known as Latins habitating in a region of central Italy known as Latium.