Nortec: Fusion of Old Meets New

In this lesson, students will engage in meaningful conversations about their knowledge, experience and opinion of Nortec music. Students will interpret the meaning and history of Nortec music along with their knowledge of border issues. A final product will be created based on the fusion of old and new elements in the borderlands.

Comparing the Mexico and U.S. Economies

This lesson is a prep lesson to set up a larger lesson on the economies of Mexico and the United States. Students will be able to compare the economies of the U.S. and Mexico based on the relative values of the money system over a period of 50 years. They will understand the peso and dollar relationship.

Cesar Chavez and Organic Intellectualism

This unit examines the work of Cesar Chavez and his role as an organic intellectual. In addition it emphasizes the importance of the creation of organic intellectuals.

Ancient Maya: Knowledge Through Art

In this lesson, the student will explore the Maya culture and our knowledge of it through art, architecture and heritage of modern Maya people. Analyzing glyphs from the Maya system of writing and reading about ancient Mayan culture will help students understand the Mayan people.

Modern Mexican Painting

The following lesson applies the key ideas approach to contemporary Mexican culture, in this case "Modern Mexican Painting". The lesson is designed to serve as a model for teachers to develop further lessons on Latin American culture in general and Mexico in particular. It emphasizes the use of multimedia methodology and has been tested by in-service and pre-service teachers in both monolingual and bilingual classroom settings in art, Spanish, ESL and social studies. Overall this lesson contributes to developing cultural awareness.

Human and Environment Interaction in Latin America

Use environmental history to illustrate how environment influences humans and humans transform the environment.

Persistent Attitudes about Colonialism in Latin America

In this lesson, students will demonstrate understanding of the colonial past in Latin America and how these are still issues today for both the former colonials and former colonists.

Latin American Immigration to the United States

Students will develop a basic understanding of the reasons for internal and international migration and the issues surrounding the immigration of Latin Americans to the United States.

Child Labor is Not Cheap

Two lessons are included in this lengthy curriculum material that focuses on child labor and pushes students to discuss the factors behind the use of child labor, potential solutions and implications of those solutions. Email our Outreach Coordinator Clea Conlin at cconlin@email.arizona.edu for the full materials.

Globalization in Latin America: Migration and Trade Patterns

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of migration patterns within, to and from Latin America and the Caribbean. This lesson is about the length of 3 1 hour class periods and all materials are included.
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