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"Stolen from Africa, brought to America,/Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival." Bob Marley's "Buffalo Soldiers" provides high schoolers an opportunity to explore the rich history of the Rastafarians in Jamaica and the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800s. Class members watch videos, access mini-pages, read articles, and listen to music before crafting their own song comparing a current social movement to the Buffalo Soldiers.
Students research the importance of community leaders in portraits. In this art history activity, students look at the painting "The Ascension of Simon Bolivar on Mount Jamaica" and discuss what they see in the portrait. Students research a leader in their own community and make a portrait of that person.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students cut out 5 bookmarks. Each bookmark focuses on a story element in the book Jamaica Louise James by Amy Hest. Students answer the questions on the bookmarks. Included are: making inferences, drawing conclusions, details, character and predictions.
Tour the town with this ELD lesson plan, which involves three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Chinatown," "A Trip to the Firehouse," "Big Bushy Mustache," and "Jamaica Louise James"). Learners practice their future tense and prepositions, as well as literary skills such as making judgments and inferences. Help your young readers blossom with the three differentiated levels within this lesson plan.
Second graders practice their creative writing by using descriptive words. In this language arts lesson, 2nd graders utilize their best descriptive writing to elaborate on one of 20 different bean bag characters. Students listen to their classmates describe a bean bag character and use their descriptions to locate the correct one.
Students determine location by using longitude and latitude. They measure to the minute longitude and latitude of a place and select a body of land and determine its location. They approximate time zones by using every 15 degrees of longitudinal change to represent 1 hr.
Students write a context paper. In this teaching the novel in context lesson, students view a primary sources to recreate the cultural and historical context of the novel. Students make the connection between the literary text and historical events by researching the setting and discussing historical context in small groups. After a session in the library, students then write a paper in which they analyze the novel within its historical context.
Young scholars observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Young scholars view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
Students consider how to strengthen democratic principles in Latin America. In this government systems lesson plan, students explore the challenges to democratic forms of government in Latin America as they examine primary sources. Students conduct research regarding 3 Latin American nations and create profiles for the nations that feature facts about the nations and the work being done in the nation to promote democracy.