Spanish/Bilingual

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    • ¡Si, Se Puede! Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A.

    • Book – Fiction. By Diana Cohn and illustrated by Francisco Delgado. 2008. 31 pages.
      A children’s book based on the true story of the Justice for Janitors strike.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction, Picture Books, Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Latino, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • 500 Años del Pueblo Chicano - 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Elizabeth Martinez. 1991 (2nd Edition). 238 pages.
      Chicano history as told through hundreds of pictures and bilingual text.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Immigration, Latino, Native American | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Adicto a la Guerra: Por que el E.E.U.U. no Puede Librarse del Militarismo

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Joel Andreas. 2005. 80 pages.
      Spanish-language edition of the expose on militarism in graphic novel format. Accessible for high school and above.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Chávez Ravine: A Record by Ry Cooder

    • Songs. By Ry Cooder. 2005. 70 min.
      The story of the Chicano community bulldozed to pave the way for the Dodger Stadium in Santa Monica, told through bilingual songs.

    • Resource Types: Songs and Poems, Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Latino, Organizing, Social Class, Sports | Reading Levels: High School
    • Clic, Clac, Muu Vacas Escritoras

    • Book – Fiction. By Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin. 2001. 32 pages.
      A barnyard struggle where the cows go on strike and the farmer is forced to negotiate.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction, Picture Books, Spanish/Bilingual | Themes: Labor, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades Pre-K-2
    • Conexiones Caribenas: La Republica Dominicana

    • Teaching Guide. By Anne Gallin, Ruth Glasser and Jocelyn Santana. 2005. 54 pages.
      Selected readings in Spanish from “Caribbean Connections: Dominican Republic.”

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual | Themes: Latino | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Democracy Now! New Program | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Democracy Now!

    • Website and radio program.
      Daily news radio program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, with voices rarely heard in corporate media.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Websites | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Labor, Media, Organizing, US Foreign Policy | Reading Levels: High School
    • Granito de Arena/Grain of Sand

    • Film. Produced by Jill Freidberg. Corrugated Films. 2005. 62 min.
      Documentary about teachers, parents, and students fighting to defend Mexico’s public education system from the impacts of economic globalization.

    • Resource Types: Films, Spanish/Bilingual | Themes: Education, Labor, Organizing, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • La Guerra con Mexico

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. Translated by Floralba Vivas. 8 pages.
      Handout in Spanish for the U.S. Mexico War Tea Party.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Teaching Activities (Free) | Reading Levels: High School
    • La Otra Historia de los Estados Unidos

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. Translated by Toni Strubel. 2011 (translation). 512 pages.
      A People’s History of the United States in Spanish.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Labor, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • Nadarín

    • Book – Fiction. By Leo Lionni. 1973 (Spanish translation 2005). 24 pages.
      A classic tale for young children about the power of organizing. Also in English.

    • Resource Types: Picture Books, Spanish/Bilingual | Themes: Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades Pre-K-2
    • The People vs. Columbus, et al. (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • The People vs. Columbus, et al.

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 8 pages.
      Role play in the form of a trial to determine who is responsible for the death of millions of Taínos on the island of Hispaniola in the late 15th century. Roles available in Spanish.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764 | Themes: Imperialism, Native American | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Pink y Say

    • Book – Fiction. By Patricia Polacco. 2003. 48 pages.
      In Spanish, the narrative of two young boys who meet and help each other during the Civil War for upper elementary.

    • Resource Types: Picture Books, Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 19th Century | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5
    • Presidents and Slaves: Helping Students Find the Truth (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Presidents and Slaves: Helping Students Find the Truth

    • Teaching Activity. By Bob Peterson. 7 pages.
      How a 5th grade teacher and his students conducted research to answer the question: “Which presidents owned people?” Available in Spanish.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Education, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Rights Matter: The Story of the Bill of Rights

    • Teaching Guide. By Nancy Murray. 2006. 69 pages.
      A free, downloadable, student-friendly booklet on the Bill of Rights, available in English and Spanish.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Teaching Guides | Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Side by Side/Lado a lado

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Monica Brown and translation by Carolina Valencia. Illustrated by Joe Cepeda. 2010. 32 pages.
      The life stories and activism of the two founders of the United Farm Workers (UFW), written and illustrated for young children.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Picture Books, Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Latino, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom

    • Book – Fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2010. 384 pages.
      Bilingual book of historical fiction in verse about Cuba’s long fight for independence in the 19th century.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction, Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 19th Century | Themes: Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • U.S. Mexico War: "We Take Nothing by Conquest, Thank God"

    • Teaching Activity. Lesson by Bill Bigelow and student reading by Howard Zinn. 21 pages.
      Interactive activity introduces students to the history and often untold story of the U.S.-Mexico War. Roles available in Spanish.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Imperialism, Latino, Slavery, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • The United Fruit Company

    • Poem. By Pablo Neruda.

    • Resource Types: Songs and Poems, Spanish/Bilingual | Themes: Latino, US Foreign Policy | Reading Levels: High School
    • A Year Without Sundays (Un Año Sin Domingos)

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Catherine Murphy. 2014. 132 pages and DVD.
      Photos and stories about the highly successful Cuban literacy campaign of 1961.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974 | Themes: Education, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 6-8, High School