Unit Study on Candomble

This unit contains four lesson plans which each span over one class period, making this unit four periods long. Day one focuses on the historical narrative of Candomble, day two focuses on identifying the primary orixas of Candomble, day three focuses on the various rituals and ceremonies practiced in Candomble and day four consists of the role of ancestors in the religion.

What is a Coffee Fazenda?

In this lesson, students will gain general background information on the production of coffee. Students will learn what a coffee fazenda looks like and how it works. Students will also understand the importance the coffee in Brazil's economy has when it comes to trading with the United States.

Culture Close Up: Capoeira

In this unit, students will engage in a study of primary and secondary sources about the cultural and historical significance of Capoeira. Students will understand that Capoeira is a means for preserving cultural identity and for expressing Brazilian culture and history. Email our Outreach Coordinator cconlin@email.arizona.edu for the lesson plan and materials.

Contrasting Urban Lifestyles in Brazil

This unit provides background and a conceptual framework for studying the diversity of urban life and Brazilian society. The unit contains 7 lessons, where the first five lessons introduce key notions about geography, population density, history, demographics and distribution of national wealth which prepare students for the final two lessons which focus on urban contrasts and culture in Brazil, which are more complex lessons. Email cconlin@email.arizona.edu for materials and lesson plan.

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.

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.

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.

The Gaucho Poem Martin Fierro

In this lesson, students will be able to describe the heroic symbol of the gaucho in Argentina and compare it to the familiar figure of the cowboy in the United States. The gaucho is a major figure in Argentine popular culture and symbolizes the spirit of the nation. By reading a short section of the epic poem Martin Fierro by Jose Hernandez, students will become familiar with this Argentine national figure.

Riddles from Colonial Times

In this lesson, students will enjoy playing a colonial guessing game and will become aware of alternatives to the way we currently entertain ourselves. Students will get to solve riddles and learn the origin of them as well.

Learning and Using Proverbs

In this lesson plan, students will understand the importance of proverbs in Argentina and Latin America in general. Students will be able to use specific proverbs appropriately and understand that they convey folk wisdom.
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