Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • ¡Huelga! A Social Studies Unit on the Farm Worker Movement – This curricular unit was developed by Erin Lierl, who currently teaches part-time in a New Orleans charter high school and is pursuing her M.A. at Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies. The unit is centered on history and civics themes relevant to migrant farm labor movements. Lessons can be used as they are written, or they can be adjusted to meet the needs of each classroom. This curricular unit contains six (6) 75-minute lessons in Social Studies for grades 6-8.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Exploring Foods of the Columbian Exchange – The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in collaboration with Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies developed a curriculum that provides educators with a fresh perspective on the Columbian Exchange. These hands-on activities allow educators to engage their students while providing a Louisiana perspective on the foods of this exchange.
  • Plátanos: Learning about Bananas – A curriculum guide developed by a select group of teachers in 2005 to be used with the film, Banana Split, winner of LARC’s Biennial Latin American Environmental Media Festival. This curriculum guide was designed to be used for K-12 although most units are developed for high school. Check out the film from the LARC Lending Library.

CULTURE AND IDENTITY

  • Haitian Folktales – A K-2 Curriculum Unit about a Haitian folktale, Tezin: le poisson d’eau douce: Conte de la tradition haitenne (Tezin: Freshwater Fish: A Folktale in the Haitian Tradition) which exposes students to Haiti, folktales, the French language, the importance of the environment, and performance.
  • Introduction to Brazil – A set of curricula for the High School classroom which aims to integrate teaching about Brazil and the Portuguese language into the Spanish classroom. Provides opportunities to learn about Brazilian language, geography, and culture in an interdisciplinary classroom.
  • Through the Lens: Teaching Latin America through Film – In collaboration with Vanderbilt University and Millsaps College, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies welcomed 22 educators from across the United States to an intensive film institute exploring the diversity of Latin America through film. Hosted at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi on June 5th through 10th, 2011. This resource consists of a recommended list of films to teach about Latin America for the K-12 classroom.

CUBAN HISTORY, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE

TEACH THE MAYA with these resources created by LARC!

  • Introducing the Ancient Maya to the Classroom – This curriculum packet, developed by archaeologist Diane Davies in 2010, provides an introduction to the study of the Ancient Maya and suggests several classroom activities as well as additional resources.
  • Maya Culture in the Classroom – These materials were assembled for the 2002 Tulane Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop and provide information about the Ancient Maya and a variety of activities to introduce the Maya into the K-12 classroom.

ONLINE CURRICULA BY LARC

  • Ancient Civilizations – Spring 2020 K-12 workshop series on ancient civilizations provided K-12 educators the opportunity to explore ancient civilizations. 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 Dayeh, and William Gillispie, both K-12 educators at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana as well as PhD candidate, Catherine Nuckols-Wilde developed for the elementary Social Studies and high school History classroom. Check out the website developed for the institute series.
  • Race, Power, and Identity in Cuba: Past and Present Primary Source Activities – In this activity-based curriculum, students utilize primary sources to explore how structural racism shaped experiences and identities of Afro-Cuban communities. This curriculum was inspired by Tulane University’s Summer 2017 Cuban Culture & Society K-12 Teacher Institute and created by the curriculum specialists at Primary Source. Adaptable for high school Spanish, Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts, and Art History.
  • Beyond the Book – A curriculum guide to Mayeros: A Yucatec Maya Family.
  • Día de los Muertos Across the Americas – This curriculum packet, an ongoing project, introduces Dí­a de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in different parts of the Americas. The packet includes background information on various Day of the Dead traditions, classroom activities, and external resources. A great resource which can be used for a variety of grade levels.
  • Connecting New Orleans and Latin America – This curriculum introduces the longstanding connections between New Orleans and Latin America. The curriculum focuses on historic connections and the importance of trade and immigration to such issues.
  • Jewish Latin America – This workshop explored 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. Hosted at Tulane University on January 14, 2012.
  • Land of Diversity – A comprehensive high school social studies course on Latin America consisting of 19 units highlighting the history, geography, and culture of the region.
  • Malaika’s Costume – A Grade 3 curriculum based on the 2017 Américas Award Honorable Mention book Malaika’s Costume written by Nadia L. Hohn and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher (Simon and Schuster, 2016).
  • Los tres grandes – A complete lecture and slide show featuring the works of the Mexican Muralists: Rivera, Siqueros, and Orozco.
  • Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Que Rico! – A Grade 2-3 curriculum based on the Américas Award winning book, Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Que Rico!, written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael López (New York: Lee & Low, 2007).

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Reading Latina Voices Online Book Group for High School Educators

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This spring 2021 we invite all K-12 educators to join us once a month in an online book group. This past year has been a challenging one for everyone but especially K-12 educators. Sign up and join us as we explore the stories of women confronting identity as Latinas in the United States. Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, AfterCLASS and the New Orleans Public Library partner to host this online book group. The books selected are recognized by the Américas Award and focus on the Latina experience. The group begins with the work of award-winning author and poet, Elizabeth Acevedo who will speak in a unique online format on March 23rd presented by Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Newcomb Institute.

  • B) Free – you find your own copies of the books at your local library.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 29, 2021

Reading Schedule – Thursdays at 6:00 PM CST

  • February 11 – Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • March 18 – The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • April 15 – American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • May 13 – The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

Sponsored by AfterCLASS and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the New Orleans Public Library.

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment. It is not required to have participated in past institutes to join us.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University is excited to host and coordinate this year’s institute. Tulane University and New Orleans are both unique and important places to explore the deep connections to Central America with a focus on people and environment. With presentations by leading historians and sociologists on Central America, environment and race we are excited to share the work and resources from presenters as well as the unique resources at Tulane.

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This year, we provide participants the opportunity to participate in the institute as a blended synchronous learning cohort from June 14 – 25. The institute will focus on team-building, cross-disciplinary connections and curriculum development.

Synchronous Learning Cohort June 14 – 25, 2021
Registration fee: $15. All synchronous activities occur between 4 – 7 pm CST Monday through Friday.

  • pre-workshop materials and resources sent to your home
  • copy of book of poetry by Jorge Argueta
  • pre-workshop reading assignments (approximately 4-6 hours of coursework)
  • asynchronous lectures by faculty (lectures posted up to two weeks before institute discussion)
  • synchronous class discussion (2 – 3 hours Monday – Friday from 4 pm – 7 pm CST)
  • final reflection paper/pedagogical assignment

NOW REGISTERING FOR THE SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING COHORT Early registration is now open and will end on May 3, 2021. Early registration is $15. Starting May 4 registration will increase to $30. For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164. Space is limited.

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