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Lesson Plan: The Prints of Self Help Graphics
The Chicano Movement in California — Culture, Causes, and Community

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Creator: Susan Serrano, Monterey High School / Grades 11-12

Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12

Unit Overview: Chicano activists of the 1960s were concerned with reclaiming their pre-Columbian, Native American, and Mexican cultural identities, and their movement led to an increased understanding of Chicano identity in a historical, binational, and bicultural context. This unit uses the prints of Self Help Graphics, an East Los Angeles gallery and community art center that emerged from the Chicano movement, to explore the culture and community of the Chicano movement in California.

This lesson plan was originally created at the UCLA Institute on Primary Resources.

Primary source materials used in this lesson plan include:

Lalo Alcaraz.  Ché. 1997-1998
Glenna Avila. Plumas Para Paloma, 1989 Guillermo Bert. ... And His Image Was Multiplied, 1990
1. Lalo Alcaraz. Ché, 1997-1998
2. Glenna Avila. Plumas Para Paloma, 1989
3. Guillermo Bert. ... And His Image Was Multiplied, 1990
Karen Boccalero. Without, 1983 Chaz Bojorquez. New World Order, 1994 Yreina Cervantez. Danza Ocelot, 1983
4. Karen Boccalero. Without, 1983
5. Chaz Bojorquez. New World Order, 1994
6. Yreina Cervantez. Danza Ocelot, 1983
Guerrero-Cruz, Dolores. Untitled, 1985 Leo Limon. Madre Tierra  Padre Sol II, 1986 Alma Lopez. Our Lady of Controversy, 2002-2003
7. Guerrero-Cruz, Dolores. Untitled, 1985
8. Leo Limon. Madre Tierra — Padre Sol II, 1986
9. Alma Lopez. Our Lady of Controversy, 2002-2003
Gilbert Lujan. Cruising Turtle Island, 1986  Paul Martinez. In Memory of Cesar Chavez, 1993 Victor Ochoa. Border Bingo/Loteria Fronteriza, 1987
10. Gilbert Lujan. Cruising Turtle Island, 1986
11. Paul Martinez. In Memory of Cesar Chavez, 1993
12. Victor Ochoa. Border Bingo/Loteria Fronteriza, 1987
Jerry Ortega. Neo Mexico, 1997-1998 Jesus Perez. The Best of Two Worlds, 1987 Daniel Salazar. Eternal Seeds, 1989
13. Jerry Ortega. Neo Mexico, 1997-1998
14. Jesus Perez. The Best of Two Worlds, 1987
15. Daniel Salazar. Eternal Seeds, 1989
John Valadez. Untitled, 1985 Vincent Valdez. Suspect: Dark Clothes, Dark Hair, Dark Eyes, Dark Skin, 2002-2003
 
16. John Valadez. Untitled, 1985
17. Vincent Valdez. Suspect: Dark Clothes, Dark Hair, Dark Eyes, Dark Skin, 2002-2003