Latin America
Teacher's Guide

April 17, 1999 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.
The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Shawn - For Your Eyes Only: Shawn's Adventure in Peru

Kids' version available!

A fun and interesting dispatch on the trials of entering Peru. Shawn gets ripped off with counterfeit money, but ends up enjoying the rest of his day with a motorcycle ride.

Ok, this one's mostly just fun, but is that bad? How about having your students share something dumb they once did. And how about sharing one of YOURS? We're all human, (even teenagers), and it's not a bad thing for your students to appreciate about you and their classmates!
Abeja - Is There Thanksgiving in Peru?

Kids' Version Available!

An informative dispatch on the colonial influence in Trujillo, Peru. A look at colonial architecture.

This update fits very well with the Team report below on the Conquistadores. See what differences and similarities your students can find between the Spanish and British colonial influence, and what their motivations were. For a twist, have them e-mail their work to you!
Team - The Conquistadors: They Came, They Conquered, and Left Their Mark

A historical look at colonialism with short looks at the Treaty of Tordesillas, conquistadors Pizarro and Cortés, and explorer Cabral.

With all this great introductory info, it begs for students to choose one of the people highlighted (or the Treaty itself) and find five more facts they fins particularly interesting on each. They'll be learning a lot more about Pizarro.

Also, have you seen The Mission? It's an amazing movie for middle and high school students, and, while set a little later in time, it refers directly to the Portuguese/Spanish rivalry, and it shows the complexity of motivations behind Spanish and Portuguese colonization.
Kavitha - It's a Small World After All!

Kavitha compares the indigenous people of Nepal, Guatemala, Big Mountain, Arizona (the Navajo), and Peru.

This is a good chance for your students to think about hteir own traditional culture. What kinds of animals or plants are traditionally used intheir cultures to create clothes, and what process was/is used? What languages were spoken and how far back? In what ways is their traditional culture similar or different from the four described here?
Monica - If Decapitated Heads Could Talk!!

Discusses architecture, sculptures of Sechin ruins. Gory details of sculptures created of battlescenes. Speculation on ruins as a war monument.

In our on-going look at the pre-Inca cultures of Peru (the Inca are coming as soon as the Team gets to Cuzco!), Monica visits a war memorial of the Sechin. It is important for understanding the advanced accomplishments of these people pre-metal. It is also an interesting question to think about why they might have been so preoccupied with war and with death? How did they make sense of the world, and what were their biggest fears?
Making a Difference - Constant Threat at Big Mountain

A discussion of how mining interests have threatened the native Dineh people over a period of decades.

The Team encourages your students to learn more about the opportunities available to support the Navajo in their fight to protect their land.
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