High School

Brazil: Order and Progress Unit

This unit begins with an overview of Brazil's geography, history, culture and various social and political issues. Students will then research one of these topics and present their detailed research findings to their peers in a formal presentation, followed by a group theatrical presentation.

Brazil: The Culture of Social Development

The purpose of this unit is to learn about social projects in some of Brazil's more marginalized communities while focusing on improving literacy skills. Students will complete various readings, data sets, writing assignments, and discussions in order to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of Brazil's culture and the success of these particular social projects.

Brazil in a Nutshell

During this unit, students will get a feel for what Brazil is like. Students will learn about basic aspects of modern Brazil including geography, economics, politics, religion, food, climate and education. Students will get a taste for Brazilian culture through music, food, dance and learning basic Portuguese.

Brazilian History and Culture

In this unit, students will understand Brazilian history and culture from colonialism to the modern area. They will also learn to draw comparisons between Brazil and other colonies, countries and regions. There are five lessons, each lasting 1 class period within this unit.

Brazil and Urbanization

This unit contains 5 lessons, each touching on urbanization and different problems regarding urban lifestyles in Brazil.

Afro-Brazilian Music and Rituals: From Traditional Genres to the Beginnings of Samba

This paper serves as a resource when teaching about Afro-Brazilian music. The paper discusses musical genres, traditional rural genres and ritual genres connected with Catholicism. A few songs are included as examples of the variety of genres within Afro-Brazilian music.

Paraguay: Sounds of Hope

In this lesson, students will examine how a music education program is being used in Paraguay to bring about positive social change. They will then predict how Paraguay's economy, politics and culture might be different in 20 years as a result of the program. For more background information on Paraguay and the vision for this music program,

Nicaragua Quest: Teacher's Guide

This guide is a project-based learning experience designed to engage students in the politics, history and culture of Nicaragua through role-playing and discussion. The final product will be a group report reflecting the grown answer to the question: form an opinion on the Nicaraguan Sandinista Revolution.

Border Issues

The purpose of this lesson is to provide a general overview of some of the issues facing people in the U.S.-Mexican border zone including border history, maquiladoras, migration and more.

Form and Theme in the Traditional Mexican Corrido

Students will learn about the traditional Mexican music form of corridos, which dates back to the 1800's and continues to be very popular. They will analyze the themes and literary devices used in corridos such as "El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez" and "EL Moro de Cumpas". This lesson will culminate in students writing their own corridos based on the traditional form.
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