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April 22nd – 24th

TITLE

Contributions of Hispanic-Americans/Antonia Novello/American Dream



ACTIVITY

Self-reliance/Positive work ethic/Service to others



MATERIALS

Teacher Script

Student Worksheet

OBJECTIVES

Students will explore the contributions made by Hispanic-Americans and the character traits required to achieve the American Dream.



PROCEDURES

READ: Vice Admiral Antonia Novello was the first woman Surgeon General of the

United States and the first Hispanic to fill that post.

Once she was asked what the American Dream meant to her. She answered by saying that she always tells young people four things. Now listen carefully to her advice.

1. If you do not know where you are going, you are already there.

2. The world owes you nothing.

3. Take a stand and believe in something.

4. Service to others is the rent you pay for living.

If you are seeking the American Dream, you might want to remember

Antonia Novello. Set goals, work hard, take a stand for what you believe in, and then look for ways to serve others. If you do these four things, you will be well on your way.

Distribute and have the students complete the worksheet. Ask for volunteers to share responses to the following questions.

Discussion Generators

For the Message and/or Worksheet

1. What does Antonia Novello mean when she says that if you do not know where you are going, you are already there?

2. Do you agree with her statement that the world owes you nothing? Why or why not?

3. The Vice Admiral also tells young people to take a stand for something they believe in. Give

some examples of Hispanic-Americans who have taken a stand for what they believe in (e.g.,

Cesar Chavez, labor laws, Joan Baez, social activism, Marc Anthony, Children's Health Fund,

Ellen Ochoa, space exploration, any Hispanic congressman or congresswoman). How do these individuals represent the American Dream?

4. How does taking a stand for something make you a more successful individual?

5. What does Antonia Novello mean when she says that service to others is the rent we pay for living? Do you agree? Why or why not?

6. Which of her four pieces of advice for finding the American Dream will you try to apply to your life? Why?



For the Worksheet

1. What does Mr. Giuliani mean when he says that immigrants challenge us with new ideas and give us perspective?

2. How do you define the American Dream?

3. What does the Hispanic culture bring to the American Dream?

4. What character traits are required for one to create the American Dream?

5. Which of Antonia Novello's statements did you choose? Why? What character traits will be required if you choose to apply this to your life?



Closing CommentsDiversity is one of the valuable assets that we have as a nation. The accomplishments of Antonia Novello illustrate how a person can become the very best he or she can be through hard work. Dr. Novello's wisdom also illustrates that in order to be the best you can be, you have to have a framework for getting there. She suggests that young people have a plan for the future, not expect the world to do it for them; believe in something important; and serve others.

EVALUATION

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Finding the Dream

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th. It is a time to focus on the contributions to America made by those with a Hispanic heritage.
1. Rewrite the following quote in your own words: Immigrants to America challenge us with new ideas, and they give us perspective. ~ Rudolph Giuliani

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2. Define the American Dream.

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3. What does the Hispanic culture bring to the American Dream?

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4. Does one have to give up one's cultural identity to achieve the American Dream?

Why or why not?

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5. What character traits are required for one to create the American Dream?

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6. Antonia Novello tells young people: 1) If you do not know where you are going, you are already there. 2) The world owes you nothing. 3) Take a stand and believe in something. 4) Service to others is the rent you pay for living. Choose the one that has the most meaning for you personally and tell why it does.

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GLOSSARY

Perspective a particular way of looking at something; the way people, events, or things relate to one another


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