Cultural Investigation: The Life and Contributions
of a Famous Hispanic
Students will research the life and contributions of a famous Hispanic; living or dead. Students will investigate one of the topics selected from a teacher-made list. Projects will consist of an oral presentation, a written paper, and a display board.
Students will investigate and report on the following information:
A. Overview / Introduction
1. Date of birth
2. Place of birth
3. Place of Citizenship (if different from birthplace)
5. Family Information
C. Analysis of person's work (Why? How? What?) - Particularly for writers, poets, musicians, and painters.
D. Contributions and importance to the Latin American history and culture. Also, include accomplishments here.
E. Personal reflection and opinion of topic (most interesting fact learned, what did you enjoy about the research, would you include your topic on future lists as being important to the history of Latin America)
F. Conclusion (sum it all up)
II. Paper Requirements
Each paper will have the following format:
A. Title/Cover page
C. Body: 3-5 pages typed; double-spaced; 12 point Times New Roman; pages numbered with your last name and page number at the top right; margins 1 inch on each side, top, and bottom
D. Works Cited (MLA Format)
III. Oral Presentation
Each presentation will have the following requirements:
A. Must be at least 3 minutes long.
B. Introduction must be spoken in SPANISH.
C. Must have display board.
D. Focus on the most important highlights about your topic.
E. Must have a handout for class (i.e. outline).
List of Topics
1. Desi Arnaz (actor/musician)
2. Ruben Blades (actor/musician)
3. Simón Bolivar (revolutionary)
4. Jorge Luis Borges (writer)
5. Fidel Castro (politician)
6. César Chávez (activist)
7. Roberto Clemente (athlete)
8. Julio Cortázar (writer)
9. Celia Cruz (musician)
10. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (writer)
11. Rubén Dario (poet)
12. Ernesto “Che” Guevarra (revolutionary)
13. Nicolás Guillén (poet)
14. Father Miguel Hidalgo (revolutionary)
15. Benito Juárez (politician)
16. Frida Kahlo (painter)
17. Gabriel García Márquez (writer)
18. José Martí (writer and revolutionary)
19. Rigoberta Menchú (activist)
20. Mirabel Sisters (activists)
21. Pablo Neruda (poet)
22. Edward James Olmos (actor)
23. Octavio Paz (writer)
24. Eva and Juan Perón (activist and politician)
25. Diego Rivera (muralist)
26. Sammy Sosa (athlete)
27. Lee Treviño (athlete)
28. Rafael Trujillo (politician)
29. Pancho Villa (revolutionary)
30. Emiliano Zapata (politician)
31. Ernesto Guevara (politician and revolucionary)