Brazil: A Racial Melting Pot

This lesson plan gives an analysis of the racial characteristics of modern Brazil with some historical background. Students will be able to describe the ethnic composition of Brazil, with each individual student focusing on characteristics of the Brazilian population, interpreting data and translating data to pie charts. Students will explore the different definitions of race and gain an understanding on the complexity of racial issues.

Let's Design a City: Brasilia

This unit focuses on the idea that cities have not always been as they are now and that cities are constantly developing and changing. In this unit, students will become aware of his/her urban surrounding and will be able to give his/her own definition of a "city" and its characteristics. Students will be aware of the role Ethnocentricity plays in the concept and design of cities.

Writing an Amazon Explorer's Journal of Flora and Fauna

In this lesson, students will prepare a journal of the plants and animals they would find in the Amazon region. Over 90% of the Earth's plant and animal life is located within the Amazon Basin. Students will get the opportunity to perform research and write a description on their assigned plants and animals.

Inflation, Depression, Economic Recovery

In this lesson plan, students will be able to describe in his/her own words the process of inflation. Students will also be able to give a clear definition of depression and economic recovery, plus a series of other economic terms. Can be adapted to be used for other countries other than Brazil.

A View of Brazil: The Culture and Geography

This is a curriculum unit about Brazilian culture, geography, legends and food with the main goal of introducing students to the importance that Brazil plays in our worldwide globalization.

Making a Floating City

In this lesson, students will recreate the floating city of Manaus and learn of a different type of home. These cities are made by floating houses which were originally constructed by poor immigrants who could not afford to rent a house on dry land. Just as the houses are made of inexpensive materials, students will use inexpensive materials to construct their own floating house.

Amazing Amazon Life

In this lesson, students will research information about Brazil, particularly the Amazon River and will illustrate different animals and plants found in the river basin.

Bonkers for Bailecitos in Bolivia

In this series of three lessons, students will exercise critical listening, singing, dancing and playing instruments to traditional music of Bolivia. They will improvise rhythms, compose a song, and draw connections across a wide variety of disciplines. Note: Samples of music will need to be purchased from the Smithsonian Folkways website to accompany the lesson plans.

A Minidrama about Human Rights and the Desaparecidos

In this lesson, students will learn about the "desaparecidos" of Argentina, a term used to describe the disappeared who were arrested under the harsh military dictatorship and killed. This lesson brings awareness to human rights issues in Latin America and can be used to facilitate a discussion about human rights in general.

Argentine and British Claims to the Falkland/Malvina Islands

In this lesson, students will learn the background of a recent international incident and will be able to explain some of the major issues involved in a territorial dispute. The dispute students will learn about regarding the Falkland/Malvinas Islands is only one of many territorial disputes in Latin America which might again produce armed conflict.
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