Project Gutenberg's Through the Brazilian Wilderness by Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

This e book is the primary account of Theodore Roosevelt and his expedition through the Brazilian "wilderness". His main concerns were mamma-logy and ornithology and is a great read to compare to how Brazil is represented now versus before.


Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity: The Costa Rican Case

Michael J. Miller

This paper examines environmental politics and ideology in the country of Costa Rica. Costa Rica has always been a leader in implementing convention on Biological Diversity. This paper explains how Costa Rica was able to enact a law so thoroughly and why Costa Rica has felt inclined to protect its forests and biological diversity.


Stereotypes versus Statistics

In this activity, students will examine some of the myths of Latino migration towards the United States and compare these to actual demographic data. After completing reflective writing on the experience of being stereotyped, students will review current studies and graphs from the Pew Research Center and Latino Decisions to contrast assumptions with realities.

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Oil and Water: Natural Resources and Conflict in the Middle East and Latin America

University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Center for Latin American Studies

This resource packet consists of multiple readings about oil conflicts in both the Middle East and Latin America. At the end of the packet are lessons on how to teach about the topic to middle and high school grades. For the full materials email our Outreach Coordinator Clea Conlin at

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Comparing Texas and Latin America

Karen Deane Moore

This is a two week teaching unit to be worked into the framework of history classes. The unit involves comparing the kown Texas port city, Houston, with selected Latin American port cities. Students will compare the stereotypes of both Texans and Latin Americans, derive symbols for Houston and Latin American cities and compare statistical information in specified areas.

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Globalization in Latin America: Migration and Trade Patterns

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of migration patterns within, to and from Latin America and the Caribbean. This lesson is about the length of 3 1 hour class periods and all materials are included.

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Costa Rica, Monteverde

Diana Geis, Woodridge High School

Students will identify what they know about parks and then investigate National Park information from various Spanish speaking countries - including Monteverde in Costa Rica. Students will read about Costa Rica and learn new vocabulary to describe the geographical and biological elements of a rain forest. They will also recognize perspectives of living near a rain forest by reading interview of people who live in Costa Rica.

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The Geopolitics of Water: Two Case Studies on the Brazil and Turkey Dam Projects

UA Center for Latin American Studies

Students will understand the major problems related to water by knowing specific trends shaping the politics of water including privatization and globalization. Students will focus on the Brazil and Turkey Dam Projects, using their knowledge of water politics to analyze the change in access and affordability of water within these projects.

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Animals of Ecuador and Virginia

Katherine Williams

This unit is designed for beginning English speakers of other languages and is geared toward all student at a primary English reading level who find animals interesting and the animals of Ecuador especially engaging. Students will learn English by listening to stories about Animals in Ecuador and will create their own PowerPoint focusing on 3 animals they choose to research, presenting it to the class as a final check of their understanding. Students will compare animals of Ecuador to animals of Virginia in order to stimulate critical thinking by comparing and contrasting fauna/animals.

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