Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Exploration of the African Diaspora in the Americas

Introduction
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies' Latin American Resource Center is funded by Title VI of the federal Higher Education Act as a National Resource Center on Latin America. The Latin American Resource Center (LARC) produces K-12 educational resources year round. LARC promotes the study of all subject matter relating to Latin America at the K-12, community and university levels. The Center is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind and is dedicated to continuing and improving educational outreach programs in Latin American Studies by providing the following programs and services: Lending Library, Visitor Speaker Bureau, Professional Development Opportunities, Film Series, Publications, Consulting, and Annual Events

Editor’s Note
Each summer, the Latin American Resource Center hosts a K-12 Teacher Institute. The objective of this institute is to help teachers increase their knowledge about Latin America and to develop lesson plans to use in the classroom. The institute corresponds with Tulane University's New Orleans Dance Festival organized by Associate Professor of Dance, Beverly Trask. This partnership between the LARC and the New Orleans Dance Festival promotes the importance of interdisciplinary teaching of world regions. Teachers of every discipline take part in movement classes, field trips, lectures, and dynamic presentations by artists in order to teach the diversity of Latin America. The curricula and resources in this publication were created by participants in the summer 2009 institute, Exploration of the African Diaspora in the Americas.

How to Use This Packet
Nine lesson plans included in this packet were developed by local and nationally based K-12 educators and artists to be used in the K-12 classroom. Many of the resources, presenters, and artists mentioned in this packet may be available for use in your own classroom. The three day institute exposed participants in general to the resources available at Tulane and in particular through the Latin American Resource Center. These curricula were created to help guide others in teaching about the diversity of Latin America. They cover grades K-12 and can be used in many different disciplines. Each curriculum can be used in different capacities in your own classroom even if it is not meant for your specific grade level. Please visit the Latin American Resource Center's website for additional resources on this topic and any other help developing a curriculum on Latin America.

Social Studies/History/Geography
Latin America Map Labs: The Geography of Latin America
Kirby Gordon, Prairieville, LA
Exploring the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Melissa Stucky, Lawrence, KS
Connecting Movements & Rhythms of the African Diaspora and the Caribbean
Arnèe Love Williams, District 161 Flossmoor, IL

To find out how the units in the Social Studies/History/Geography section fulfill National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, click here

Language
Sí, hay muchos negros en América Latina
Warren Jones, Marrero, LA.
Other People Speak Spanish too? An Introduction to "El Mundo Hispanohablante"
Tresa Northington, New Orleans, LA
Afro-Hispanic Influences in Latin/Hispanic America
Rose Pichon, Slidell, LA

To find out how the units in the Language section fulfill Standards for Foreign Language Learning from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, click here.

The Arts
Dance, Fight, Sing: Capoeira from Africa to Brazil
Rachel Carrico, New Orleans, LA
Music of Brazil through an Exploration of Key Instruments
Alma Gaddi, Prairieville, LA
Dance and Culture of the African Diaspora: Cuba and Haiti
Tiffany Madera, Miami, FL

To find out how these curricula fulfill the National Standards for Arts Education, click here.

UNITS

Caribbean + People
Marilyn Miller
Associate Professor and Chair - Spanish & Portuguese
Caribbean + News