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Original K-12 Curricular Resources for Your Classroom

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Online Curricula created BY teachers FOR teachers -These resources were developed in collaboration with K-12 educators.

Environment

Exploring Foods of the Columbian ExchangeThis curriculum was developed by Jennie Merrill, Director of Education at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. It provides a fresh perspective on the Columbian Exchange.

Themes: Columbian Exchange, Geography of Food

Region: General Latin America, Louisiana 

Grades: Range of ages

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box

 

Ecuador's Oil Legacy: Media Skills, Justice and Preservation- This curriculum was developed by Nicole Means and Rachel Carrico for grades 6-12 and it is based on the documentary Justicia Now! This documentary brings to light Chevron Texaco’s toxic legacy in the Northern Ecuadorian region of the Amazon rainforest and a courageous group of people called "Los Afectados" ("The Affected Ones") who seek justice for the ensuing cancer, sickness and death in the largest environmental class action lawsuit in history (2010). 

Themes: Preservation, Geography, Oil Production 

Region: Ecuador

Grades: 6-12

Film: Justicia Now!

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Environmental Literacy Across the Curriculum-Costa RicaThis curriculum was developed by a group of high school educators with a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Grant. The curriculum packet will help instructors to integrate environmental literacy in their classrooms (1997).

Themes: Conservation, Environmental Education, Community Participation in Conservation, Eco-tourism

Region: Costa Rica

Grades: K-12

Film Suggestions: Costa Rica: Ecotourism and Economic Development 

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Plátanos: Learning About BananasThis curriculum was developed by Letitia Charbonneau and Dianne Clipsham to be used with the film Banana Split winner of LARC’s Biennial Latin American Environmental Media Festival (2005).

Themes: Economic, geographic and social issues behind the banana trade

Region: Central America

Grades: K-12

Film: Banana Split 

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 


Culture and Identity 

Race, Power, and Identity in Cuba: Past and Present Primary Source ActivitiesThis curriculum was created by the curriculum specialists at Primary Source, a non-profit educational organization, it teaches students how to utilize primary sources to explore how structural racism shaped experiences and identities of Afro-Cuban communities. 

Themes: History, Social Studies, Art History

Region: Caribbean

Grades: K-12

 

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Día de los Muertos Across the AmericasThese lessons were created by the Latin American Resource Center with a Title VI U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center Grant. The lessons introduce Día de los Muertos around the Americas and provides opportunities for internationalizing the curriculum, introducing students to other cultures, and comparing different cultures. 

Themes: Day of the Dead Traditions

Region: Guatemala, Haiti, Peru 

Grades: K-12

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

La tierra mágica: una exploración cultural de la AméricaThese lessons were designed to promote a comparative analysis of culture. Students should be able to analyze a specific aspect of U.S. culture and develop comparisons with Latin America. The curriculum was designed to be used in classes of Spanish for U.S. students at the advanced high school or intermediate to advanced college level. 

Themes: Culture, Communication, History, Sociology

Region: General Latin America

Grades: 9-12

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Land of Diversity – These units can be used as individual lessons to complement any standard textbook on Latin America that may already be in use. The units are also accompanied by supplemental reading material and/or maps and charts. The course also includes a list of selected distributors or producers of audio-visual materials focusing on Latin America. 

Themes: Environment, Civics, World Governments, World Cultures, History

Region: General Latin America

Grades: 9-10

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Los Tres Grandes: The Mexican Muralist MovementThis curriculum was designed by Maria Gaztimbide and Brian Knighten and deals with Los Tres Grandes, the three major figures of the Mexican Muralist Movement: Diego Rivero, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco. The unit provides contextualization of the mural movement in terms of contemporary Mexican politics. It also introduces artistic terms and connects the mural movement to Mexican history and nationalism. 

Themes: Art, Politics, History

Region: Mexico

Grades: 9-12

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Geography and Identity in the Brazilian AmazonThis curriculum unit was created by Nicole Means and Claudia Lopez and it is based on the film Iauaretê, Waterfall of the Jaguars directed by Vincent Carelli. The lesson plans explore the language, culture and traditions of the Tariano people in Brazil (2007).

Themes: Brazilian Geography, Cultural Identity

Region: Brazil

Grades: 3-12

Film: Iauaretê, Waterfall of the Jaguars

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.
 

Introduction to Brazil- This curriculum was created by a group of researchers during the annual Summer Teacher Institutes. It follows an interdisciplinary model of incorporating area studies across disciplines in order to construct a deeper understanding about Brazil and the Portuguese language in the high school classroom. 

Themes: Brazilian Food, Language and Geography; Portuguese for Spanish Learners

Region: Brazil

Grades: 9-12

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Maya Culture in the ClassroomThis curriculum unit was designed for the 2002 Tulane Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop by Dylan J. Clark and Jessica A. Deckard. The materials encourage the dissemination of information about the Ancient Maya in the K-12 classroom (2002).

Themes: Mayan Culture and Language, Indigenous Identity

Region: Mexico

Grades: K-12

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Signs of Change: A K-12 Curriculum on the Contemporary MayaThis curriculum unit was designed by a group of researchers in the 2012 Teacher Institute to examine the culture, language and geography of the Maya during an important moment in the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012. (2013)

Themes: Mayan Culture and Language, Indigenous Identity

Region: Guatemala

Grades: K-12

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 


Latin American Cities, Migration and Geography

Exploration of the African Diaspora in the AmericasThis curriculum was developed by local and nationally based K-12 educators and artists; it covers a range of subjects (geography, language, history, and arts) all linked to the African Diaspora (2009).

Themes: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Afro-Hispanic influence, Arts and Culture of the African Diaspora

Region: General Latin America

Grades: K-12
Film: Black in Latin America

 


Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Teaching Brazil: Expanding Perspectives on Colonial HistoryThis curriculum unit was developed by a group of educators who received instruction from over 25 faculty members from Tulane University, Vanderbilt University and The University of Georgia, and while abroad in Brazil, from the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador. These units are a collection of lesson plans that will introduce students to a wide range of subjects regarding Brazil (2019). 

Themes: Brazilian Cities, Migration Patterns, Music, Race, Colonization

Region: Brazil

Grades: 1-12

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Teaching Cuba: Shifting Perspectives and the Global LandscapeThis interdisciplinary curriculum unit was designed by participants in the 2015 and 2016 Summer Teacher Institute. It examines Cuban history, culture and U.S.-Cuban interactions (2016).

Themes: History, Culture, Geography

Region: Cuba

Grades: K-12

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Huelga! A Social Studies Unit on the Farm Worker Movement- This curriculum was developed by Erin Lierl and it utilizes the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Students will be exposed to issues surrounding migrant farm labor in the United States and develop questions for potential research. They will also design community organizations and action plans to address issues they have discovered through research.
Themes: History, Civics, Immigration, Labor Movements, Social Justice
Region: United States, Mexico
Grades: 6-8

Materials for this unit can be found in Box

 

Connecting New Orleans and Latin AmericaThese lessons were created by Denise Woltering-Vargas and Rachel A. Horowitz to explore the connections between New Orleans and Latin America in a multidisciplinary, global classroom. This curriculum aims not only to discuss the history of the close ties between these two areas but also to use these historical connections to make ties to current events.

Themes: History, Migration, Human Geography

Region: General Latin America 

Grades: K-12

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Jewish Latin AmericaThis K-12 teacher workshop explores the diversity of the Latin American experience by looking at the impact of Jewish immigrants on the social, economic, political, and especially, the intellectual and cultural life of Latin America (2012).

Themes: Jewish migration and cultural production 

Region: General Latin America

Grades: K-12

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box

 


Ancient Civilizations in the Americas

Introducing the Ancient Maya to the ClassroomThis curriculum was developed by archaeologist Diane Davies and it provides an introduction to the study of the Ancient Maya. Students will explore the ancient Maya calendar system, writing, archaeology and trade.
Themes: Mayan Culture and History
Region: Mexico, Central America
Grades: K-12
Suggested Films: Popol Vuh: The Creation Myth of the Maya; Lost Kingdoms of the Maya 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Ancient Civilizations – These lesson plans were created by two local educators on behalf of the Latin American Resource Center and S.S. NOLA. The curriculum unit was created by Brittney Daye and William Gillispie, both K-12 educators at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana as well as PhD candidate, Catherine Nuckols-Wilde (2020)

Themes: History, Culture, Traditions

Region: North America, Central America

Grades: K-12

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box

 


Children's Literature 

 

Haitian FolktalesThis curriculum unit was developed by Monique Moss and it explores a Haitian folktale about water and sources of water based on the book Tezin: le poisson d'eau douce: Conte de la tradition haitienne (Tezin: Freshwater Fish: A Folktale in the Haitian Tradition) by Mimi Barthelemy. This unit will expose students to performances, the French language, and other cultures while learning the importance of water as a resource.
Themes: Folktales, Performance, Environment, French

Region: Haiti

Grades: K-2

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box. 

 

Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sally Wern ComportThis curriculum was developed by Erin Lierl to be used with the book Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood, which tells the story of a young girl from the slum of Cateura, Paraguay, who learns to play a violin made of trash. 

Themes: Language Arts, Recycling, Music

Region: Paraguay

Grades: 3

Book: Ada’s Violin

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Malaika’s Costume by Nadia L. Hohn- This lesson plan was developed by Erin Lierl and it is designed to accompany Malaika’s Costume by Nadia L. Hohn and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher. The book tells the story of a young girl who dreams of being a peacock as carnival time approaches. This is the first year Malaika’s mother will be living away in Canada, where she has gone seeking work in order to support Malaika and her grandmother.

Themes: Culture, Migration, Literature, Family

Region: Caribbean

Grades: 3

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Rainbow Weaver: Tejedora del Arcoíris by Linda Elovitz MarshallThis lesson plan was designed to accompany the book Rainbow Weaver: Tejedora del Arcoíris by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri. It tells the story of Ixchel, a young Maya girl who lives in Guatemala and wants to help her mother weave textiles. Along the way, Ixchel finds ways to help her mother raise money for her schooling and help clean up the environment in the town

Themes: Modern and Ancient Maya, Traditional Crafts, Environment

Region: Guatemala

Grades: K-3

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.

 

Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico!This lesson plan was developed by Erin Lierl and it is designed to accompany the book Yum! Mmmm! Que Rico! By Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael López. The book features food from North, Central, and South America as well as informative texts about each food’s cultural significance.

Themes: Culture, Food, Sensory Descriptions in Literature

Region: General Latin America

Grades: 2-3

 

Materials for this unit can be found in Box.