Social Studies


This lesson illustrates how a lack of cross-cultural understanding might affect a business transaction between an American and a Latin American businessman. It highlights the concept of cross-cultural awareness and why it's important in an era where business translations take place within an intensively competitive global economy.

Mental Cartography

This lesson attempts to have students critically compare their "mental" maps of Latin America to some of the geographic realities of the region as a means to initiate thinking and learning about the relative location, size, diversity and importance of Latin America to the United States and the world. A basic knowledge of geography is essential to understanding Latin America and its importance.

El Norte

This lesson plan focuses on the immigration from countries in Latin America to "El Norte" which is used to describe the North countries of United States and Canada. The study of why people come to America offers an opportunity to introduce students to harsh realities that push so many in Latin America to leave their homes and make dangerous treks to El Norte.


This lesson illustrates one of the ways in which issues and developments in Latin America influence relations between citizens in the Unites States. This lesson focuses on immigration and compares Latin America with the United States

The African Heritage of Latin America

This purpose of this lesson plan is to familiarize the student with the rich and varied African cultural heritage of Latin America.

Social Empowerment Through Non-Profit Arts Organization s in Brazil

This unit allows students to explore the different types of organizational structure of non-profit organizations and will discuss the impact on organizational management and effectiveness. Students will study one of five Brazilian non-profits and will prepare presentations. The issues of culture and social empowerment of at risk communities through participation in the arts will be explored within the context of present day Brazil.

The Fandango in Son Jarocho: The Community Tradition and Improvisation of Son Jarocho

The fandango community celebration is central to the son jarocho tradition of Veracruz, Mexico. This lesson explores the core elements of the fandango: instruments, voice and verse, and rhythmic dance.
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