More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States today, yet the lack of resources on Central American heritage in most schools make the rich history and literature of the region invisible. Central America is too-often portrayed as simply a strip of land on a map connecting North and South America. Students are left to imagine that their Central American heritage, or that of their peers, is insignificant. Teachers have learned little of the history themselves and there is a scarcity of literature in the school libraries. Teaching for Change has launched a campaign to help fill that gap with resources for teaching about Central America.
The website features:
- Lessons and teaching activities including:
- Introduction to Central America
- Salvadoran Poetry through History
- Wilfredo: Un Niño de El Salvador
- Recommended children’s books for elementary, middle, high school, and adult
- Biographies of key Central American authors and activists.
- Films and documentaries about Central America
- Selected poems and readings in English and Spanish
- Key resources about current news, activism, and Central American history.