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2017 Latin America

From "Backyard" to Front-and-Center: Teaching Latin American Studies in the 21st Century

Program Description

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The 2017 Summer Institute was held June 25-30, 2017 on the WVU Campus in Morgantown, WV with an overnight trip to Washington, DC.

Lesson Plans

These select lesson plans were prepared by teacher-participants and incorporate information and materials from the 2017 Summer Institute

Smith:     Aztecs Lesson Plan

                Panama Canal Lesson Plan

                Panama Canal Map

Hines:     Exploring Latin America Lesson Plan

                GRAPES Template

Deane:    Latin America Lesson Plan

Heading: AP US History: The United States and Latin America Lesson Plan

                Early Americas- New World PowerPoint Presentation

Byard:     Good Neighbor Policy Lesson Plan

Sterck:     Inca Bridge Engineering Lesson Plan

Edwards: Latin America in Your Backyard Lesson Plan

Suggested Resources and Readings

Washington sites visited and their educators' resources:

1. National Museum of the American Indian

    National Museum of the American Indian Education Resources

2. Library of Congress

    Library of Congress Exploring the Americas

    Early Americas Exhibitions

    Library of Congress Teaching Resources

    Project Zero - Harvard


3. Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

    Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Teaching Resources

4. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Teaching the Vietnam Era

5. Smithsonian Folklife Festival

    Smithsonian Folkways Resources


Presenter Resources:

1. Pablo García Loaeza

    PowerPoint Presentation

    A Letter by Simón Bolívar

    Spanish version of A Letter by Simón Bolivar

2. Michele McArdle Stephens

    PowerPoint Presentation

    Toward a New Drug History of Latin America: A Research Frontier at the Center of Debates

    The University of Texas at El Paso - Center for History Teaching & Learning

    ¡Viva la Revolución! – An Educator’s Guide to the Mexican Revolution

    Women with Golden Arms: Narco-Trafficking in North America, 1910-1970

    Resources compiled during Michele Stephens' presentation

3. Ángel Tuninetti

    PowerPoint Presentation Part I

    PowerPoint Presentation Part II

    Latin America Worksheet

    Gobat - The Invention of Latin America

    Lipp - America Nomenclature

4. Matthew Wilson

    PowerPoint Presentation   

    Timeline Manuscript



Online Resources:

1. Latin American Network – University of Texas

2. NativeWeb: on indigenous peoples around the world

3. Latin American History – Truman State University (MO)

4. Digital Library of the Caribbean

5. National Security Archive’s Latin America projects

6. Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative

7. Slave Voyages (Atlantic Slave Trade)

8. U.S. Intervention in Nicaragua (1910s-early 1930s)

9. Bracero History Archive The Bracero program brought Mexican guest workers for short periods of time to the US from 1942-1964.

10. Latin American Digital Beat (University of New Mexico)

11. University of Pittsburgh, Center for Latin American Studies

12. [Film] Which Way Home (2009)Because of the emotional intensity of some scenes, this might not be appropriate to show in class.

13. [Film] Storm that Swept Mexico (2011) PBS, on the Mexican Revolution

14. [Film] Under the Same Moon (2007)

15. [Film] Harvest of Empire—Untold Story of Latinos in America (2011) available on YouTube

From the Teachers:

1. Cultural and Practical Knowledge Country Reports

2. Digital Portfolio Tool: Seesaw

3. Interactive Web-based Tool: Microsoft Office Sway

4. Tool for Student Learning: Quizlet

5. Teacher-Student Communication: Remind

6. I love world history 

7. 15 Minute History Podcasts

8. Crash Course

9. Hardcore History

10. Extra History

11. Mental Floss

12. Mr. Nicky's World History Songs

13. Frankie Kerr's Social Studies Pinterest

14. To bring the Interactive Floor Map to your school, contact Dr. Joe Manzo ( from Concord University

15. GRAPES Strategy for teaching civilizations

16. Interactive Language Map of the World