Social Studies

Reading and Discussing the Role of Women in Slavery

The reading is translated and adapted from a Puerto Rican textbook on women in Latin America. it is designed to teach the often forgotten role of women n the history of Latin America. Students will learn some specific aspects of slavery and will also discover the roe slave women played in shaping Caribbean culture and in the struggle for abolishing slavery.

Half a Loaf

This lesson will assist students in analyzing some of the consequences that these transnational flows of labor and capital have had for women workers in the Caribbean. Students will describe the interdependence of people and institutions in economic systems evaluate economic action and polices and overall evaluate the role of women in development within the context of Latin America. This lesson is approximately three days/class periods long and includes all necessary materials.

El Sabor del Caribe/A Taste of the Carribean

The purpose of this unit is to infuse Caribbean culture into the Spanish curriculum, with a focus on Puerto Rico, using oral and written literature. The topic of this unit is literature in the Caribbean and the subtopic is food. Students will learn the physical and agricultural geography of the Caribbean and identify foods of the Caribbean. There are three lessons included in this unit.

Brazilian Beat: A Past with Slavery, a Present with Problems, and a Future with Potential

Through photographs, film, sound, discussion, and lecture, students will understand the basic history and culture of Brazil. They will understand and analyze the histories of the United States and Brazil, making comparisions. They will comprehend the social issues that Brazil faces today and evaluate the effect that those issues have on the citizens.

Brazil Unit

Students will analyze primary sources, role play, study maps and interpret events in history to gain an enduring understanding of the forced movement of people and culture from Africa to Brazil.

Brazilian Carnaval Masks

When celebrating Carnaval in Brazil, masks are worn by both rich and poor alike. This guide gives instructions for both simple and more complex face masks to be made. The simple mask is more suited for young children and the complex mask for older ages. This is a fun way to immerse yourself in celebrating the fun Brazilian festival!

A Reading about the People of Venezuela

Students will explore a short reading that breaks down the stereotype of a homogeneous Latin American population and displays that Venezuela population is made up of many different ethnic groups.

The Art of Venezuelan Gestures

In this lesson, students will learn a series of important Venezuelan gestures and become aware of the value of gestures in communication.

Reading about and Modeling the Petroleum Route

Venezuela is one of the major petroleum exporting countries in the world. In this unit, students will read a brief history of the petroleum industry in this nation and will be able to describe the role of petroleum in Venezuela, both historically and presently. Students will then model an oil field and the petroleum route in order to gage their understanding of petroleum relating to Venezuela.
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