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Latin American and Latino Studies

Latin American and Latino Studies

High School

Social Studies

Course Description:

An elective course that examines Latin American culture, history, society, and geography. Students will study in-depth the cultural and ethnic distinctions that exist between Latin-American countries, both historical and contemporary. This course will emphasize critical thinking, writing, and analysis. Current events and issues in the Latin- American world will be incorporated.

Semester 1

Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America
Topic 1: Introduction to Latin America
Topic 2: Economic Impact of the New World
Topic 3: Using Online Resources: Mayan Web Experience Topic 4: Culminating Activity: Writing About Analytical Processes

Latin America in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Topic 1: Predicting and Prioritizing: The Wars of Independence
Topic 2: Using Primary Sources: A Document Based Analysis
Topic 3: Interacting With Media: The Storm That Swept Mexico
Topic 4: Culminating Analysis

Semester 2

Note: if the following section is blank the course is 1 semester long

The Artistic and Cultural Legacy of Latin America
Topic 1: The Art of 20th Century Mexico: Frida and Diego
Topic 2: Latin American Dance
Topic 3: 20th Century Latin American Literature

Latinos in the US and Current Issues in Latin America
Topic 1: Environmental Issues in Latin America
Topic 2: Seminar: Cartels and their Impact on Mexico and Colombia
Topic 3: Latinos in the United States

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