Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies Curricular Materials. Lesson plans for a variety of grade levels on topics like food and the Columbian Exchange, the Latino farm workers’ labor movement, Brazil, Cuba, Latin American film, and much more. Particularly useful to elementary school teachers might be the lesson plans developed to accompany children’s books.
Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies Curricular Materials. A vast array of lesson plans sortable by country, subject area, grade level, and topic.
PBS/WTIU - This website hosted by PBS/WTIU has lesson plans and other resources that are focused on Latino American content designed for middle and high school students.
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration - This site includes several resources from military records to educator resources including Latin American and Hispanic content.
World View: An International Program for Educators, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Latin American resources for educators, general area resources, and links to information on cultural traditions and history.
California Language Teachers Association (CLTA) – This site has many examples of excellent internet activities for foreign language classes.
National Latino Children's Institute – Activity ideas and suggestions for Latino literacy and culture.
Dígame un cuento/Tell Me A Story: Bilingual Library Programs for Children and Families – Created by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, this useful online manual suggests bilingual story hour programs for Latino children and their familes.
El dia de los Niños/El dia de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book) Toolkit – A 100 page online document describing booktalks, author visits, storytelling, and other programming ideas that can be used to celebrate El dia de los Niños/El dia de los libros on April 30th.
What Works For Latino Youth (2000) – A 62 page document published by the U.S. Department of Education which details over 60 successful programs for Latinos youth across the nation, noting the effectiveness of each one.
Connections and Commitments: A Latino-based Framework for Early Childhood Educators (2002) – There are four values in the Latino culture: familia (family), pertenencia (belonging), educación (education), and compromiso (commitment). This framework, which can be modified for libraries, discusses each of these values and how it relates to an early childcare program.
PBS Independent Lens Series Presents 'Latinos in America' – The United States is the hub for a large Latino community, with an increasing number of Latino immigrants arriving each year. A closer look at immigration rates and data that reflect Latino immigrant status in America gives broader perspective on this growing population. Visit this site for prepared lesson plan on 'Latinos in America.'
PBS LearningMedia – Use keywords Latino, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central America, for a variey of lesson plants in the areas of art & literature, social studies, etc. Sample Lesson Plan: Soldados: Soldiers' Stories. Conduct an oral history interview to gain insight into what it is like to be a soldier, to gain knowledge about the Vietnam War and to understand the Chicano experience in the United States.
Zona Latina – Latin American Newpapers organized by region found here.
Library of Congress Maps
University of Texas Perry-Castañeda Map Collection
Materials Available for Borrowing
University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies Traveling Suitcases.
Traveling Suitcases are artifact collections reflecting thematic areas of the cultures, traditions, and economies of Latin America. Educators may borrow these suitcases at no charge (except for return shipping). These unique collections of books, toys, music, product packaging, currency, national symbols, and other items have been collected by Florida faculty, students, and friends while traveling in Latin America.
Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies Lending Library. This library maintains the most comprehensive lending collection of educational materials about Latin American topics available for classroom use. The library holds over 4,000 films, culture kits, curriculum units, games, and miscellaneous print items. New items are added on a regular basis. Items may be requested online.
Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies Culture Boxes. Each Culture Box consists of materials and curriculum from a country in Latin America to create a stimulating, hands-on experience for students. Countries available include Peru, Guatemala, Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Costa Rica.
Contemporary News and Events
The sites below were chosen both for the quality of their reporting and for the fact that they do not include paywalls to restrict access to subscribers.
Al-Jazeera English. Although it may come as a surprise to some, the Qatari network Al-Jazeera’s English edition does excellent, in-depth, textured reporting on a wide variety of Latin American and Caribbean issues.
CNN: Americas. Mainstream reporting not only on politics, but also the environment, culture, sports, and a variety of other relevant contemporary issues.
Guardian: The Americas. This U.K. newspaper produces a vast amount of news coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean.
North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA). This is a left-leaning site that has offered progressive reporting on Latin America since 1967, with particular attention to U.S. interventions in the region’s politics.