Social Studies

Revelant Resources from the University of Arizona's Worlds of Words (WOW)

This list includes just a few culture kits, blog post and book recommendations from the University of Arizona's Worlds of Words.

The Free Trade Love Triangle: Prospects for the FTAA and EU-Mercosur FTA

This paper examines the current trade talks between the European Union, Latin American countries and the United States. This triangular relationship is complex and this paper tries to display the implications of these negotiations and the impact of China in Latin America.

Slavery in Brazil: Readings and Comprehension Excercises

This is a resource to be used when teaching about Slavery in Brazil and the country of Brazil in general. A map of the country is included along with 18 readings and a glossary of important terms used in the readings about slavery.

Situational Sacredness: Temporary Ritual Space and Authority in Ancient and Modern Honduras

This paper follows field research that bridges the disciplines of Archaeology, Anthropology, History and Economics. The focus is on collectivist pre-capitalist labor practices and religious ceremonies among both Lenca and Mayans in the contemporary Honduras.

Siestas and Fiestas: Images of Latin America in the United States History Textbooks

This resource explains that the United States education system is heavily dependent on textbooks. Therefore, it is important to have correct images that reflect Latin America in the most accurate way possible so that teaching about Latin America can be transparent and understandable. A good reading to assign to students to better understand misconceptions of Latin America through the lack of accurate images in textbooks or can be read by teacher to better understandthe topic of biases and inaccuracies relating to teaching Latin American studies.

La Lengua Maya en El Contexto Sociolinguistico de la Peninsula de Yucatan

This paper is fully in Spanish and aims to display the current state of the Yucatan Maya and the Mayan Language in relation to Spanish and other indigenous languages present in the Yucatan Peninsula. The marginalization of the Yucatan Maya is discussed and how development has furthered that marginalization within the region.

Introducing Ecuador Booklet

This booklet is a great resource to use when teaching about Ecuador. A map of Ecuador is included, along with background on the history, people, geography, economy and current situation of Ecuador. This booklet focuses on the future of children in Ecuador and how history has shaped how children will grow up in today's Ecuador.

History of Tamales

This brief paper gives you information about the history of the tamale and how it grew to be a key part of Latin American culture.

Carnaval, A Melhor festa do mundo

A glossary of terms relating to the festival of Carnaval are include a long with facts about the Carnaval holiday. Pictures of instruments used in the parade are included to familiarize the student with the holiday.

Central America in the 1980's

This paper gives a description as to why Central America has become so important to the United States recently and gives demographic statistics comparing Central American countries with European Countries and Similar U.S. states.
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