Introduction | Modules: 1 2 3 4 5 6


Each session follows the same format. The reasoning behind this is to ensure a comfort level for the students and teacher. Since students are often uncomfortable with the unknown, using a familiar format will decrease discomfort.

This class is set up in six (6) Modules. A module consists of two (2) sessions. The modules are as follows:

Module 1: Increasing the Strength of the Hispanic Family

Session a: Identifying the Family Structure
Session b: Family Values

Module 2: Improvement of Self-Understanding and Relationships

Session a: Our Baggage -- What We Bring as Parents from Childhood and How It Makes us "Who We Are".
Session b: How Our Baggage Influences Our Parenting Skills

Module 3: Understanding Our Children and Their Multicultural World

Session a: Sense of Belonging, Importance, and Mutual Respect
Session b: New Behavioral Survival Patterns of Youth

Module 4: Building Self-Esteem For All Family Members

Session a: Belonging and Self-worth
Session b: Family Support and Encouragement

Module 5: Improving Our Problem-Solving Skills

Session a: Listening and responding with empathy
Session b: Accepting Responsibility for Problems

Module 6: Learning to Set Limits

Session a: Family Meetings/discipline
Session b: Learned Behavior

This course may be taught in twelve (12) one hour sessions or in six (6) two and a half hour sessions. If you choose the six-session option you will notice an extra half hour was added. Students will need a break between session a and b. This break should include beverages and snacks supplied by the teacher for the first session and the class members thereafter.

This course is designed for on-site teaching with a computer panel or through television with a live group of students to allow discussion and input. Teachers must adapt accordingly to the situation they will use. Each lesson plan includes a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation showcasing vocabulary and images that illustrate the lessons. You can download this presentation or use an online viewer.

Objectives for each lesson are listed in a box on each lesson plan.

Handouts that are required for a session are supplied in Adobe Acrobat format. The handouts can be reproduced by copy machine.

The time that is listed on the lesson plans are an approximation or guide to keep the class on track. It is at the discretion of the teacher to shorten or lengthen the time limit of each activity as needed.

The activity listed on the lesson plans are to be followed as they are written. Each activity should lead into dialogue or discussions between teacher and class members.

The Resource/links column lists the items that are required for each session. An example of this is in Module 1 Lesson a, Family Photo Album with pictures of extended family and celebrations. If you do not have this item, often friends or other family members will have one and it may be borrowed for this class. The Internet links that are included in the lesson plans may be accessed at http// These links will supply added materials and ideas that are of value for use in class.

The Family Exercises/Reading Strategies/Handouts column lists the handouts (included at the end of each Lesson Plan), exercises for families at home, and strategies for reading. Teacher will need to include word-attack skills or strategies, phonemic awareness, use of suffixes, prefixes and base words. Games to enhance literacy skills may include pictionary, password, and charades.

The Teaching Rationale column offers reasoning for each activity and gives the teacher an idea of how to present the activity by explaining what is to be said.

The Literacy Modeling column further explains why activities, family exercises, and handouts are used. This should include activities to be completed at home with other family members. Suggestions for these activities can be found in the Family Exercises/Reading Strategies/Handouts.