Latin America
Teacher's Guide
 

May 29, 1999 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.
 
The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Team - "My Poetry Will Make Me Great": Behind the Words of Cesar Vallejo

The Team presents a tribute to Peru by providing here a bio of one of the world's greatest poets, and a few samples of his poetry.

Have your students read the poem "height and hair" by Vallejo. See if they can figure out at all what it means. What kind of a mood was Vallejo in when he wrote it?

Then, have them fill in the blanked out spots in the copy below. Have them list occurrences and names that are common to their own life and their own community - common things that they, however, sometimes feel a stranger to when they are feeling sad or alone.

height and hair

Who doesn't own ____?
Who doesn't ____and____
with his/her ____?
I who was born so alone!
I who was born so alone!

Who doesn't ____?
Who doesn't talk about ____,
dying from habit and crying by ear?
I who solely was born!
I who solely was born!

Who isn't called ____or any other thing?
Who to the _____doesn't say ___?
Ay! I who alone was solely born!
Ay! I who alone was solely born!

Monica - The Land Down Under
Kid's Version Available

Monica takes us into the depths of the world's largest silver mine to visit the youth that work there.

Have students write "diary entries" as if they were miners in the Cerro Rico. Tell them to include five specific details they learned from the dispatch, but to add their own details about how they imagine life would be.

Abeja and Kevin - The Food of the Gods: Our Poetry in Peru

Abeja and Kevin write some of their own poetry as they reflect on their stay in Peru.

This is a great tool for review. What can your students tell you about Peru using only these poems as cues? What do they best remember? What do they think is the most important thing for people to know about Peru and why? Would they ever want to go? What would they want to see?

There are direct links to some of the previous dispatches to help them, plus they can always use the Time Machine.

Kavitha - An American in the Alcatraz of Peru

Kavitha tells the story of Lori Berenson, an American who received a life sentence in Peruvian prison. Her case has been protested by human rights organizations worldwide for the lack of due process.

Have students do the Making a Difference activity, writing letters about Lori, and make sure they include at least five specific details about what they learned about her case from the story.

OR, have them write a letter to Lori directly. Follow the instructions in the Making a Difference dispatch, because otherwise it may not get to her.

Kavitha - Political Prisoners in Peru Need Your Help!!!
Kid's Version Available

Kavitha describes the conditions in Peru's most infamous prison. She explains the judicial process implemented by the current President in response to the guerillas that has led to many innocent people being imprisoned.

Have students do the Making a Difference activity, writing letters about the situation in Peruvian prisons. If you can, have them do some additional research, using the links at the bottom of the Making a Difference page for starters. Instruct them to include at least five specific details about what they learned from Kavitha's dispatch and their own research.
Making a Difference- Helping Political Prisoners in Peru

This Making a Difference builds on Kavitha's dispatches about political prisoners and Lori Berenson.

our students are urged to write letters to the government officials of Peru, to President Clinton, and to US Senators and Representatives regarding the plight of Lori Berenson (see Kavitha's dispatch above), and of political prisoners in Peru in general. Have your students include a specific number of details from the dispatches they read in this update, and see if they can do some of their own research to take the letters and their own learning even farther.

OR, have them write a letter to Lori directly. Follow the instructions in the Making a Difference dispatch, because otherwise it may not get to her.

 
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