Social Studies

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.

The Role of the Military in Latin America

In this lesson, students will be able to discuss the Latin American military's influence among national politics.

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.

Oil and Water: Natural Resources and Conflict in the Middle East and Latin America

This resource packet consists of multiple readings about oil conflicts in both the Middle East and Latin America. At the end of the packet are lessons on how to teach about the topic to middle and high school grades. For the full materials email our Outreach Coordinator Clea Conlin at

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.

Introduction and Stereotypes

In this lesson, students will understand the concepts of stereotypes and ethnocentrism. After discussing their perceptions of Latin Americans and their environment, students will be encouraged to become familiar with the diversity of Latin America and thereby recognize stereotypes.

Comparing Texas and Latin America

This is a two week teaching unit to be worked into the framework of history classes. The unit involves comparing the kown Texas port city, Houston, with selected Latin American port cities. Students will compare the stereotypes of both Texans and Latin Americans, derive symbols for Houston and Latin American cities and compare statistical information in specified areas.

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 for the full materials.

Carnival and Semana Santa: Allegory and Celebration

Students will learn about both celebrations from a cultural perspective. The ultimate objective is for students to place these events in their historical and social context and examine their own traditions from a similar perspective through compare and contrast activities. They will examine the concept of allegory through a closer look at both events. The first 3 handouts are included and slides can be recreated as the CD Rom is not available.
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