Resources for Grades 9–12

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turning vegetables into clean energy

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grades 6–12

Turning Vegetables into Clean Energy

Not only are vegetables good for your health, but they also can be used to make electricity and biofuel.

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clean energy

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grades 6–12

Clean Energy

Learn how clean, renewable energy can drastically lower gas emissions and reduce our use of fossil fuels to potentially save our earth's climate.

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eliminating single-use plastics

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grades 3–12

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Travel to Belize with Marie McGrory to find out how she made it through (almost) the whole trip without single-use plastics.

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helping the environment and climate change

Article/Ebook

grades 9–12

What Can You Do About Climate Change?

Check out this teen's interview with an expert about climate change and learn what young people can actually do about it.

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why we say ok

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grades 3–12

Why We Say "OK"

How many times do you say "OK" each day? Ever wonder what it actually means? Watch and discover the origins of this commonly used word.

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a tribute to free speech

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grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

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evolution of the book

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grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

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a hero's journey

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grades 6–12

A Hero's Journey

Learn about the story structure of the hero, from ancient warriors to modern-day Harry Potter. The variations come from the same template: the monomyth.

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grades K–12

Haben Girma: To Harvard and Beyond

Be inspired by the indomitable spirit and intellect of Haben Girma, who graduated from Harvard Law while living with deaf-blindness.

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Marsha P. Johnson

Video

grades 11–12

Pay Her Mind

Learn about the life of activist Marsha P. Johnson, who helped spark the Pride movement and a fight for LGBTQ+ rights that continues today.

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the woman who made the first step

Video

grades 5–12

The Woman Who Made the First Step

As the first Black, female congressperson and a champion for civil rights, Shirley Chisholm broke barriers so others could follow in her footsteps.

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gladys bentley

Video

grades 10–12

Glorious Gladys Bentley

Discover the singular life and style of Gladys Bentley, a Harlem Renaissance artist whose bold performances battled traditional gender roles and norms.

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where would you live

Activity

grades 6–12

Where Would You Live?

Choose three cities to research, and use the Quick Facts website at the top to answer the questions. Which city is your "winner" and why?

Activity

grades 6–12

Family Fridge Quotables

Each week curate a collage of quotes—from family, friends, or famous people—on your fridge. You can use sticky notes or get creative with your own cutout shapes. Discuss why you chose them.

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baby and elder holding hands

Activity

grades 9–12

Record Your Family's History

Engage your inner historian and tell your family's story—there's never been a better time. Use this guide for tips and inspiration, then get recording!

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Sample of picture from website

Activity

grades 8–12

What's Going On in This Picture?

Analyze a curious new photo each week (posted on Sundays). Post your guess in the comments. Check back on Thursdays to see the actual caption.

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Activity

grades 10–12

Transcribe Real Historical Documents

Contribute to actual historical research and preservation at the Boston Public Library by transcribing the manuscripts of anti-slavery activists.

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helping the environment and climate change

Article/Ebook

grades 9–12

What Can You Do About Climate Change?

Check out this teen's interview with an expert about climate change and learn what young people can actually do about it.

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before rosa parks

Article/Ebook

grades 9–12

Before Rosa Parks

Honor the bravery of Elizabeth Jennings by reading about her historic stand against segregation in 19th-century New York.

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queen of california

Article/Ebook

grades 9–12

The Queen of California

Delve into the story -- dating back to the 16th century -- of the mythical Black queen Calafia, for whom California is named.

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A nurse at work

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

It's a Fact: Nurses Are Amazing

Read this article about nurses in Albania, identify the main idea, and find three facts that support it.

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wishes and luck for the new year

Article/Ebook

grades 7–12

Wishes and Luck for the New Year

Discover the history and symbolism behind the red envelopes people exchange during Lunar New Year.

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a tale of two alexanders

Article/Ebook

grades 10–12

A Tale of Two Alexanders

Read this article about two of the most influential writers in French and Russian literature, who many don't realize have African ancestry.

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matthew henson

Article/Ebook

grades 3–12

Matthew Henson: Arctic Explorer

Discover the trailblazing accomplishments of Matthew Henson, who broke boundaries both as an arctic explorer and African American.

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important afro latinos

Article/Ebook

grades 10–12

Important Afro-Latinxs

Find out about the accomplishments of eight extraordinary Afro-Latinx people. From artists to activists, each person honors the legacy of the African diaspora.

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Wilma Rudolph

Article/Ebook

grades 3–12

Essential Black History Texts

Browse, select, and read from this great collection of nonfiction and fiction texts written by Black writers, artists, and activists.

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facial recognition

Article/Ebook

grades 10–12

Facing Facial Recognition

Explore this interactive article on facial recognition. Do you know of any tech like this used in your home or community? Is it worth it?

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message in a bottle

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Message in a Bottle

Read an article and watch a video about the impact of plastic bottles on the environment. Then explore some of the possible solutions.

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world's tallest building

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

World's Tallest Building

Find out about the architecture, materials, and process used to create the world's tallest building. Then explore the math problems and social justice activities.

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Kodak photos

Audio

grades 6–12

Anne Frank

Take some time to listen to this stirring story of a young girl hiding from the Nazis during WWII. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Design icons

Audio

grades 6–12

99% Invisible

Learn how architecture and design shape our everyday world with the stories and history behind things we rarely think about.

Audio

grades 9–12

The Aztecs: A Clash of Worlds

Listen to this podcast to learn about the rise, fall, and legacy of Aztec civilization, a Mesoamerican culture in the 14th through 16th centuries.

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news for young listeners

Audio

grades 6–12

News Bites for Young Listeners

Stay up to date on current events with these short podcast episodes on topics that matter today.

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latinx writers

Audio

grades 10–12

Listen to Latinx Writers

Choose from the famous writers and listen to them reading their own work in Spanish. If any capture your attention, find their work and read some more!

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Audio

grades 9–12

The History of Levi's Jeans

Ever wonder how denim became so popular? Listen to this history podcast on Levi's, arguably the most popular brand.

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Ancient artifact

Audio

grades 9–12

Fall of Civilizations

Immerse yourself in ancient history with this podcast that explores the rise and fall of past civilizations.

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two cartoon girls telling stories

Audio

grades 5–9

The Land of Forgotten Girls

Listen to this heartbreaking story about the struggles of two sisters from the Philippines who move to Louisiana. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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a person walking under a sunset

Audio

grades 6–12

A Long Walk to Water

Dive into this gripping story of an 11-year-old boy in Sudan during the civil war, based on a true story. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Audio

grades 3–12

Rad American Women A-Z

Learn about these amazing women who defied expectations across the centuries. Great for the whole family.

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Newsably website screenshot

Interactive

grades 6–12

News Feed Defenders

Understand the essential qualities of good journalism, how news goes viral, and common tactics employed in news to deceive or manipulate reads.

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cultural crosswords

Interactive

grades 10–12

Cultural Crosswords

For serious art, culture, and history buffs, challenge your knowledge with these crossword puzzles.

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versailles palace

Interactive

grades 6–12

Versailles: The Palace Is Yours

Read the stories and see the art, gardens, decor, and more of this extravagant French palace.

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road of route 66

Interactive

grades 9–12

United States of Culture

From the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde to the Statue of Liberty, explore the culture and history of the U.S.

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Mount Vernon

Interactive

grades 6–12

Learn About Mount Vernon

Take a trip to George Washington's historic estate that served as his home with Martha Washington—and the home of hundreds of enslaved people.

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pictures of different places around the world

Interactive

grades 9–12

Explore a Country Through Art and History

Choose a country, read about it, and then explore the art and images that help define it. (Note: There are a few paintings with nudity.)

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The earth glowing

Interactive

grades 4–12

GeoGuessr

Motivate students to learn about the world's regions, ecosystems, and inhabitants with this addictive puzzler.

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screenshot from website

Interactive

grades 6–12

Do I Have a Right?

Lead a constitutional law firm in this interactive online game. Help match clients with the correct lawyer, and learn about how our government works.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Court Quest

Drive the "Justice Express" in this interactive game, and help citizens navigate our state and federal court systems.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Branches of Power

Control all three branches in this simulation as you learn all about law making at the local, state, and federal levels.

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Interactive

grades 5–12

Win the White House

Start your own presidential campaign and learn the ins, outs, and quirks of electoral politics in the United States.

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Interactive

grades 6–9

Mapping Magellan

Follow Ferdinand Magellan's first-ever route around the world. What were you surprised to learn about the voyage?

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Dolores Huerta

Lesson

grades 9–12

Dolores Huerta: Civil Rights Champion

Watch this series of videos exploring the activism and life of Dolores Huerta. Use the discussion guide to structure your thinking.

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targeted political ads

Lesson

grades 8–12

Targeted Political Ads

Explore the ways microtargeted political ads attempt to influence elections. Watch the video, and then use the worksheet and discussion questions to dig deeper.

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successful people

Lesson

grades 6–10

Success Stories

Learn about the struggles and triumphs of three extraordinary Latinx Americans including an astronaut, an actor, and a Broadway star.

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different quilts

Lesson

grades 6–12

The Shape of Stories

Explore this exhibition focused on quilt-maker and artist Rosie Lee Tompkins, whose "put-togethers," as she puts it, experiment with color, shape, and texture.

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a line of 49ers players standing up

Lesson

grades 10–12

Black Athletes and Protest

Watch this video about Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics. Then use the discussion questions and worksheet to consider the role of protest in sports today.

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timeline of mathematics

Lesson

grades 6–12

Math History

Discover the history of mathematics with this timeline. Read the stories behind the math and see how what we know today evolved over time.

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african american woman with a decorative headpiece

Lesson

grades 10–12

Black Is Beautiful

Analyze and discuss the influential photography of Kwame Brathwaite with a friend, family member, or teacher. Use the guiding questions to get things going.

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drawing of a Japanese woman

Lesson

grades 10–12

Japanese Internment and Resistance

Learn about and reflect on this shameful blight on American history and the courageous Japanese Americans who lived through it and fought against it.

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Lesson

grades 9–12

POC Entrepreneurship

Calculate the percent change of POC-owned businesses from 2015 to 2016. Consider factors that could have influenced these changes. Ponder what business you could start!

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Lesson

grades 9–12

Foundations of American Democracy

Dive into this unit on the philosophies and foundations of American government. Then, consider how our government today compares to what our founders envisioned.

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Lesson

grades 10–12

Then and Now: 1918 Influenza

Compare the coronavirus to the 1918 pandemic using this online exhibition. Then create a four-to-six-image presentation that shows the world's response to COVID-19.

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Lesson

grades 6–12

Trade and the Black Death

Use an interactive map to complete this critical-thinking activity that investigates how trade routes affected the spread of the Black Death.

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turning vegetables into clean energy

Video

grades 6–12

Turning Vegetables into Clean Energy

Not only are vegetables good for your health, but they also can be used to make electricity and biofuel.

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clean energy

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Video

grades 6–12

Clean Energy

Learn how clean, renewable energy can drastically lower gas emissions and reduce our use of fossil fuels to potentially save our earth's climate.

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eliminating single-use plastics

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Video

grades 3–12

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Travel to Belize with Marie McGrory to find out how she made it through (almost) the whole trip without single-use plastics.

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why we say ok

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Video

grades 3–12

Why We Say "OK"

How many times do you say "OK" each day? Ever wonder what it actually means? Watch and discover the origins of this commonly used word.

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a tribute to free speech

Video

grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

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evolution of the book

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TKSST

Video

grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

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a hero's journey

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Video

grades 6–12

A Hero's Journey

Learn about the story structure of the hero, from ancient warriors to modern-day Harry Potter. The variations come from the same template: the monomyth.

Video

grades K–12

Haben Girma: To Harvard and Beyond

Be inspired by the indomitable spirit and intellect of Haben Girma, who graduated from Harvard Law while living with deaf-blindness.

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Marsha P. Johnson

Video

grades 11–12

Pay Her Mind

Learn about the life of activist Marsha P. Johnson, who helped spark the Pride movement and a fight for LGBTQ+ rights that continues today.

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the woman who made the first step

Video

grades 5–12

The Woman Who Made the First Step

As the first Black, female congressperson and a champion for civil rights, Shirley Chisholm broke barriers so others could follow in her footsteps.

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gladys bentley

Video

grades 10–12

Glorious Gladys Bentley

Discover the singular life and style of Gladys Bentley, a Harlem Renaissance artist whose bold performances battled traditional gender roles and norms.

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life against injustice

Video

grades 8–12

A Life Against Injustice: Pauli Murray

Prepare to be astonished by the righteous accomplishments of civil rights activist, lawyer, author, and priest Pauli Murray, who stood against all forms of injustice.

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latinx, hispanic, and chicano geniuses

Website/App

grades 6–12

Latinx, Hispanic, and Chicano Genius

Browse and read—or learn about—the work of Latinx, Hispanic, and Chicano artists, activists, and more. (Note: Some texts require sign-in.)

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discover her story

Website/App

grades 6–12

Discover Her Story

Choose a theme to explore behind-the-scenes videos, stories, and objects featuring women who have shaped America as we know it.

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a cultural journey across america

Website/App

grades 6–12

A Cultural Journey Across America

Choose an artist or area to explore and discover the rich diversity of cultures and folk traditions across the United States.

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The History Makers: Anniversary 2020. 20 Days, 20 Nights Virtual Celebration & Convening 12.1-12.20 2020

Website/App

grades 3–12

African American Oral Histories

Get lost in this gold mine of in-depth and highly accessible video interviews and biographies of notable African American people.

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Website/App

grades 10–12

Young Voter's Guide

Cut through the election season hype and find the information you need with these news and media literacy resources.

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wonders of mexico

Website/App

grades 6–12

Wonders of Mexico

Explore the influence of Mexican art and culture in this stunning collection of influential work from painters, architects, filmmakers, writers, and other artists.

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hispanic heritage month

Website/App

grades K–12

Latinx Resources

Use this curated collection to commemorate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latinx Americans.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

National Geographic Education

Find high-quality, standards-based resources relating to science, geography, world history, engineering, cartography, current events, and more.

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power of poetry

Website/App

grades 9–12

Power of Poetry

Read or listen to the poem, and then notice the spacing between words and lines. What is this poem about? Why do you think it's written in this way?

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historic places

Website/App

grades 10–12

Pick Some Historic Places

Choose two or three places from the list (maybe there's one near you!) and do some research to find out more. Then, teach your family about them.

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first-person perspective

Website/App

grades 8–12

Important First-Person Perspective

Use this app to better understand the experiences of a young refugee who fled to Malaysia from Myanmar. Note: Some disturbing content.

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crowdsourced collection

Website/App

grades 5–12

Cool Crowdsourced Collection

Journey through these videos and photos to get a sense of the people, places, and nature around the world. Then submit your own content!

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dig into history

Worksheet

grades 6–12

Dig into History

Use this Google Doc to research a leader from the Mexican Revolution. Who were they, and what role did they play?

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complete the crossword

Worksheet

grades 9–12

Complete the Crossword

Print this crossword puzzle to test your knowledge about famous Latinx people. Check your answers with page two!