High School

Costa Rica, Monteverde

Students will identify what they know about parks and then investigate National Park information from various Spanish speaking countries - including Monteverde in Costa Rica. Students will read about Costa Rica and learn new vocabulary to describe the geographical and biological elements of a rain forest. They will also recognize perspectives of living near a rain forest by reading interview of people who live in Costa Rica.

Central America: An Introductory Lesson

This lesson is designed to introduce students to several of these concepts through brief biographical sketches of figures in 20th century Central American history. Students will examine the role the United States played in the affairs of these smaller nations and how it has impacted Latino migration recently. There are two activities within this lesson, one about famous figures in Central American history ad the other is about US foreign policy and its impact on Latino immigration.

Indian Ceremonial Costumes of Highland Guatemala

Before commercial production of huipiles and cortes on foot looms, nearly every indigenous community used designs and color combinations that were unique to their geographic location. Thus it was possible to determine the community of an indigenous person solely on the basis of his or her clothing. Now regional differences are blurring as indigenous peoples buy ready-made clothes. When you make hupiles and other clothing in class, students will be urged to use as many colors as possible to create clothing like the indigenous peoples did.

Half a Loaf

This lesson will assist students in analyzing some of the consequences that these transnational flows of labor and capital have had for women workers in the Caribbean. Students will describe the interdependence of people and institutions in economic systems evaluate economic action and polices and overall evaluate the role of women in development within the context of Latin America. This lesson is approximately three days/class periods long and includes all necessary materials.

El Sabor del Caribe/A Taste of the Carribean

The purpose of this unit is to infuse Caribbean culture into the Spanish curriculum, with a focus on Puerto Rico, using oral and written literature. The topic of this unit is literature in the Caribbean and the subtopic is food. Students will learn the physical and agricultural geography of the Caribbean and identify foods of the Caribbean. There are three lessons included in this unit.

The Geopolitics of Water: Two Case Studies on the Brazil and Turkey Dam Projects

Students will understand the major problems related to water by knowing specific trends shaping the politics of water including privatization and globalization. Students will focus on the Brazil and Turkey Dam Projects, using their knowledge of water politics to analyze the change in access and affordability of water within these projects.

Brazilian Beat: A Past with Slavery, a Present with Problems, and a Future with Potential

Through photographs, film, sound, discussion, and lecture, students will understand the basic history and culture of Brazil. They will understand and analyze the histories of the United States and Brazil, making comparisions. They will comprehend the social issues that Brazil faces today and evaluate the effect that those issues have on the citizens.

Brazil Unit

Students will analyze primary sources, role play, study maps and interpret events in history to gain an enduring understanding of the forced movement of people and culture from Africa to Brazil.

2 Maps of Brazil

The first map compares the size of Brazil to the United States and the second map compares the countries of Europe to the size of Brazil. Useful tool when teaching about Brazil's geography.
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