HISTORY AND CULTURE OF PUERTO RICANS IN NEW YORK CITY

This in-service professional-credit course met fifteen times during the spring semester 2009 to explore the history and culture of Puerto Ricans in New York City. This course was designed for high school teachers of History, English, and Spanish and all staff.

Participants learned about the factors that led to migration of Puerto Ricans to New York City, the development of the Puerto Rican community here, and the evolution of Puerto Rican culture in New York City.  Participants also learned strategies for differentiated instruction that they can use in their classrooms.

Each class was aligned with the New York City Department of Education High School Standards.  Participants kept a journal where they reflected on the readings assigned in class and developed a mini unit on Puerto Ricans in New York City that meets the standards in their teaching area.

Textbooks:

There was a reader available for purchase the first day of class with readings by José Luis González, René Marques, Julia de Burgos, Lolita Lebrón, Pura Belpre, Antonia Pantoja, Iris Morales, Piri Thomas, and Aurora Levins Morales. The reader  also includes critical sources by Puerto Rican scholars such as Juan Flores, Sonia Nieto, and Jorge Duany. In addition participants read Stephen Thornton’s Teaching Social Studies That Matter.