Core Regions and Distinctive Landscapes as an Alternative to Country by Country Descriptions

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of using core regions and distinctive landscapes as an alternative to country by country descriptions.

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.

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.

Brazilian Carnaval Masks

When celebrating Carnaval in Brazil, masks are worn by both rich and poor alike. This guide gives instructions for both simple and more complex face masks to be made. The simple mask is more suited for young children and the complex mask for older ages. This is a fun way to immerse yourself in celebrating the fun Brazilian festival!

Argentine Leatherwork

During or after a classroom study on Argentina, students may enjoy making these simple and inexpensive leather craft items. These leather items are popular in Argentina due to the large cattle industry in the country. A natural by-product of cattle is leather and so the leather industry is quite large in Argentina.

Making a "Bull of Tachira"

During the Christmas season in the Venezuelan State of Tachira, a bull appears on the streets of the towns to add excitement to the holiday festivities. The class will make its own bull for a festive occasion or to display to other classes.

Construction of a "Zafa-Casa"

In this lesson, students will enjoy constructing a zafa-casa, understand its significance and use in Peru, and compare it with other types of "rituals" found in the United States.

Panama Canal Zone Activity

A quick 3 page activity sheets that students can use to become further acquainted with the country of Panama and the Panama Canal Zone, which is a vital port for U.S. ships and other countries worldwide.

Mexican Songs, Crafts and More!

In these few activities students will learn songs enjoyed by children in Mexico and will be introduced to a variety of Mexican crafts. This is a fun way to immerse younger students into the Mexican culture!
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