One of the beautiful things about teaching a language class is that we can teach about pretty much any topic. We just teach about it IN the target language! This gives us a lot of space to discuss culture, history, societal issues – really anything you want! This post will give you several resources for #authres for Juneteenth you can use in Spanish class.
Note: #authres is short for authentic resources
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth (short for June 19th) is an important day in the history of the United States. It is also known as Freedom Day! If you haven’t heard of it before, I’ll do my best to give you a short summary. President Lincoln declared that as of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the states would be freed – but not all slaves were freed! On June 19th, 1865, the end of slavery was enforced. While there’s still work to do, this date represents an important step in the fight for freedom and civil liberties for all.
Authentic Resources for Juneteenth in Spanish Class
Telemundo also posted an article you could use with your students! It’s titled, “Estados Unidos celebra Juneteenth y muchos no saben por qué. Así impacta lo que las escuelas no enseñan a los niños” and could be very interesting to discuss in class as you explore what is (and isn’t!) included in curriculum.
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¡Feliz Juneteenth! Hoy 19 de junio (y todos los días) honramos la libertad Negra y la resistencia Negra, y ponemos al centro las contribuciones únicas de la gente Negra a la lucha por la justicia en EEUU. Este Juneteenth es un momento importante para que nuestras comunidades proclamen en una voz unida que #LasVidasNegrasImportan y que no toleraremos nada menos que justicia para TODO nuestro pueblo.
This Instagram post from @languageworkers4blacklives is another good option for your students. I especially like this one because it’s broken up into chunks in the post, which might make it more manageable for your students!
Finally, Ebony Thornton @senoritathorntonghs shared this post she found that is a short explanation of the day. Of all the resources linked in this post, this is the most succinct, so if you were looking for something for a warm up or bell ringer, this may be a good option!
Bonus – I ran into this article titled “Why This Mexican Village Celebrates Juneteenth” retweeted by A.C. Quintero that, while in English, offers another source and perspective to dig into with your students.
Juneteenth in Spanish Class
I know many of you may be out of school, but if you have a class Instagram or teacher profile, you could simply reshare these resources to your account. If you’re in class, you could use them as reading activities. There’s certainly a lot of discussion to be had!