Spirits Across the Ocean: Yoruban and Dahomean Cultures in the Caribbean Brought by the Slave Trade

This unit explores the journey of the African people from the Yoruban and Dahomean cultures to the Caribbean through the forced migration of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Students will learn about the similarities of the music found all over Latin America in the countries Haiti, Cub, Trinidad and Brazil. There are 4 lessons within this unit.

Flags of Latin America

Students will examine and records basic facts about a Latin American country, learn the significance of that country's flag and create a rendering of the flag explaining the meaning of its design including colors.

A Latin American Banquet

A few recipes from a variety of countries in Latin America are included that students can prepare together and later feast together. This will help students immerse into Latin American culture and they'll get the opportunity to enjoy tasty meals.

Preparing a Latin American Day

This sheet provides a variety of activity ideas that students can enjoy in a fun day about Latin America. This can be used to finish off a long unit about Latin America.

Mural on Post-Columbian Exchange

Students will illustrate the biological and ecological exchanges that began taking place as soon as Columbus made the Americas known to Europe. Commerce quickly led to the exchange of products which gave rise to new, interdependent material cultures. This project will aid in understanding how Latin America began to affect word culture.

Brazil: Lost in the Rainforest

In the lesson students will learn about the Amazon rainforest, practice extensive and intensive listening and identify a variety of tropical animals.

The Favelas of Rio: A Dramatization

In this lesson, students will recognize and describe a favela and the life of the favelados, be able to explain the economic reasons behind the formation of a favela and explain the social consequences of life in a favela

Reading a 19th Century Description of a Slave Auction

Students will explore a reading describing how Brazilian slaves were treated as commodities instead of human beings. After, students will be be able to descrivbe a Brazilian slave auction as well as some of the types of work performed by slaves in Brazil.

Brazil: The Land of Happiness

This unit provides an introductory look at Brazil and its physical and human characteristics. The unique characteristics of Brazil will be explored from a geographic spatial perspective. Students will be asked to compare and contrast their life in the United States with teens living in Brazil. Students will understand that Brazil has a unique clture characterized by people who, in spite of poverty and oppression, display open-mindedness, optimism, friendliness, hospitality, caring attitude fullness of life, love of music and more! Brazil is indeed the "land of happiness".

Dear Oprah: An Interdisciplinary Study of Contemporary Urban Brazil

In this lesson, students will examine the economic situation, cultural elements and grassroots community development in contemporary Salvador, Brazil. Students will write a persuasive letter to an appropriate media outlet of their choice championing the cause of Dida, a community improvement organization in Salvador, Bahia or another similar group in the region.
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