History

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-Central Americans: Rediscovering the African Heritage

This reading explores the deep cultural background of Central Americans, many of which have African Heritage. Black presence has been largely ignored in Central America and this report sheds light on that African heritage. A lot has been contested regarding what makes a Afro-Central American. email our Outreach Coordinator Clea Conlin at cconlin@email.arizona.edu for the report.

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.

Corrido Curriculum Packet

In this lesson, students will be introduced to causes of the Mexican Revolution and key revolutionary figures. They will gain an understanding of a particular Mexican song form, the corrido, and its role as a vehicle for communicating the news and other important events. Students will be introduced to the causes and outcomes of the Mexican Revolution by learning about key figures. This lesson will culminate in the students creation of original corridos based on current events.

Writing Corridos

Students will learn about the traditional Mexican musical form of corridos by analyzing traditional corridos, their themes and finally writing their own original corrido.

The Fight for Texas and the Mexican-American: A Case Study of Conflict

In this lesson, students will understand the political, social and economic conditions that the United States and Mexico faced in events leading up to the fight for Texas and the Mexican-American war. They will understand the importance of nationalism and its connection to conflict.

The Bracero Program: A Case Study of Cooperation

In this lesson, students will learn about the Bracero Program and its goal of resolving a labor shortage in the U.S. Students will examine the theme of cooperation in the establishment of the Bracero program and evaluate multiple perspectives on the controversial event. This lesson will prompt students to consider the interdependence of Mexico and the United States in the context of labor migration. Note: Photos aren't included in materials but can be easily searched online.
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