Cultures of Latin America, Europe & Canada
  • THE SHADOW OF THE COLD WAR:  The Caribbean and Central America in U.S. Foreign Policy.  Choices Education Project, Brown University, Box 1948, Providence, RI  02912.  Examines the economic and political forces that have framed U.S. involvement in the Caribbean Basin since the 1800s.  The unit incorporates ground-breaking research on the Cuban missile crisis and calls on students to consider U.S. policy choices in the region.  Revised January 1993, 61 pages, two-week, $10.00.
  • A FAMILY IN JAMAICA.  London:  VCOAD.  Twelve slides and booklet focusing on various family activities.
  • A JOURNEY TO UNDERSTANDING: A Six Session Central American Study Guide.  by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 1987. The main purpose of this resource is to help individuals and groups become better informed about the issues on which the UUSC works and then to take action on these issues.
  • BOLIVIA:  Country and People.  by  Maricke Clarke. Oxfam America, 115 Broadway Avenue, Boston, MA 02116.  A packet of information about life and work in Bolivia.  Includes a teacher's guide, 2 pamphlets for students, 24 black and white photographs, 20 color slides and a record.  Grades 7-12.
  • CARIBBEAN CONNECTIONS, MOVING NORTH:  ed., Catherine A. Sunshine & Keith Q. Warner, Network of Educators on the Americas, 1998.  Explores Caribbean life in the United States.  Contains collected fiction, non-fiction, oral histories, interviews, poetry, drama, songs, and teaching ideas.  For Social Studies, English, and Spanish.
  • CHILDREN ARE CHILDREN ARE CHILDREN.  by Ann Cole, et al.  Boston:  Little, Brown, and Co., 1978.  Lots of activities for teaching about Brazil, France, Iran, Japan, Nigeria, and the U.S.S.R., foods, crafts, music, holiday, games, and many more.  Elementary, middle.
  • CHILDREN OF LATIN AMERICA.  UNICEF.  Includes 30 slides, slide commentary, teacher's guide, suggested teaching activities and list of resources.  Elementary.  Secondary.  Adult.
  • CONFLICT IN CENTRAL AMERICA:  Where Is Guatemala, and what is a Quetazal?  A study guide by the Educators Committee on Central America. This is a teacher & student guide to the study of stereotyping, indinigeous people, Mayan heritage and Guatemala today. Includes additional materials and resource list.
  • CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR TEACHING THE WORLD ABOUT THE COUNTRIES AND REGIONS OF THE WORLD:  Mexico.  Stevens and Shea Publisher's, Inc.,  1990.  Involving students in the learning process, these 19 exercises introduce students to the history and culture of Mexico.  Reproducible activities incorporating art, writing, decision making, and problem solving skills illumine Aztec and Mayan civilizations; Cortes' arrival is represented in pictographs. Additionally, detailed information on the Mexican American War and the personalities who forged Mexico's independence is presented.  The concluding activities look at the issues confronting modern Mexico.  Grades 5 and up.
  • CURITIBA:  A City of the Future.  This Portrait of Curitiba, Brazil, shows how the city is meeting the challenge of rapid urbanization.  A new bus system cuts fuel use by 25 percent, while old buses become classrooms and day care centers.  Parks increased five-fold, and a new recycling program involves young and old, rich and poor.  12 minutes.
  • DEDOS DE LUNA ELEMENTARY LITERATURE SERIES: Part II.  SPICE, Stanford, California,  1992.  This bilingual unit, full of visual aids, introduces students to the role of grandparents in Mexican society through the story of a boy and his grandfather in Guerrero, Mexico.  Accompanying the units is a copy of the book La Vendedora de Nubes Y Otros Cuentos and a videotape of the story read in Spanish, and supporting materials on mask traditions, festivals, and the geography of southern Mexico.  Recommended for grades K-3.
  • DIRECTORY OF CENTRAL AMERICA CLASSROOM RESOURCES.  K-12 by Mary A. Swenson and Sara J. McDonnell. Minneapolis; Central America Resource Center, 1987.  Contains curricula and study units, classroom resources, audio video resources, books, directories, organizations, and evaluation on Central America in general and specific countries.
  • EXPLORING LATIN AMERICA.  by Melvin Schwartz, John R. O'Connor and Lois Athey. Globe Book Co. Inc., 1988. This is a workbook which contains readings and worksheets on the lives and customs and geography of Latin America.
  • GEOGRAPHY, CULTURE, HISTORY, POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA.  By James Dingle and Jon Esler.  Center for Teaching International Relations, 1991.  Stressing the importance of the increasingly interdependent relationship between the United States and Latin America, this resource provides activities designed to increase students' knowledge of Latin American geography, culture, history, and politics.  To learn about Latin American culture, students create  a travel brochure about a Latin American country, including such information as customs, language, and religion.  To investigate Latin American politics, students are assigned the roles of upper, middle, and lower class citizens to see how social stratification and inequality affects the political process.  Grades 6-12
  • LATIN AMERICA GLOBAL STUDIES.  by Dr. Paul Goddin, Jr. The goal of this study is to help readers gain a basic knowledge and understanding of other areas of the world.
  • LATIN AMERICA TODAY:  An Atlas of a Reproducible World.  Eagle Inc. 1986. This is a resource that contains maps, tables and graphs which gives data on the subject of Latin America.
  • LATIN AMERICA, PEOPLES, AND CULTURE SERIES.  by James I. Clark. McDougal, Littell and Co., 1982. This text studies Latin American conquest, independence, life styles and 20th century issues. The student guide includes key questions, people and concepts to be grasped.
  • LATIN AMERICA.  By James I. Clark.  McDougal, Littell and Company, 1989.  Covers pre-Columbian history, colonialism, Mexico, literature, four different ways of life, accounts of four nations in the 20th century, and relations with the United States. Secondary.
  • LATIN AMERICA:  Geography, Culture, History, and Politics.  By James H. Dingle and Jon S. Esler.  CTIR Publications, updated 1992.  What countries are included in Latin America?  Who settled there?  This book helps students become familiar with the cultural and geographical diversity in Latin America.  Divided into four sections -- geography, culture, history, and politics -- activities include Mapping Latin America, Culture Content, Routes of Dissension, and Political Predicaments.  Comb-bound, with reproducible student handouts.  Grades 6-12.
  • LATIN AMERICA:  History, Culture, and Geography. The Regional Studies Series.  by Lois Athey. New York; Globe Book Company, 1987. A text with background, cultures, political and economic systems of people in Latin America. Includes maps, charts, graphs, diagrams and case inquiries. Secondary level.
  • LATIN AMERICA:  Teacherís Manual.  By M.L. Clardy and K.E. Waldron.  McDougal, Littell and Company, 1989.  This manual is to be used with LATIN AMERICA.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Curriculum Materials for the Middle Grades.  Edited by Virginia G. Gibbs.  Center for Latin America, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1989.  This curriculum has been designed to enrich the studies of Latin America in the Middle Grades.  This collection includes units on:  Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil and Argentina, with a introductory and summary unit.  Each unit contains different activities designed to interest the student in the culture they are studying.  Concepts represented in the units are:  agriculture, education, women, art, food, family, urbanization, folklore, human rights, language, race/ethnicity, etc.  Each unit will provide stimulating discussions as the students learn about Latin American cultures.  Grades 6-10. 
  • LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY:  A Teaching Atlas.  by Cathryn Lombardi and John Lombardi. University of Wisconsin Press, 1983. This includes physical environment, history from colonial to modern times. In it is also materials on trade routes, governments, populations, economics and the society.
  • MAPPING LATIN AMERICA:  A Pre collegiate Curriculum Unit.  by the Latin America Project Stanford Program on International and cross-cultural Education, Stanford University, 1987. This curriculum unit was designed to act as an introduction to fundamental geographical concepts and vocabulary, to teach students the basic physical and political geography of Latin America, and to examine maps with a critical eye towards both political and technical limitations.
  • MEETING OTHER CULTURES:  Bolivia.  VHS Video Cassette, 1/2 inch format.
  • MEXICO IN COLOR:  Activities and Projects.  by Claude Soleillant. New York:  Sterling, 1977.  Craft ides from the traditions of Mexico are presented in full color with step-by-step directions.  Students can make costumes, food items, and decorations, and learn Mexican dances and games. Grades 3-8.
  • MEXICO.  Teacher Created Materials, 2001.  Designed for primary grades, this book contains numerous reproducible activities on Mexico: language, food, environment, pottery, holidays, people.
  • MEXICO:  The Proud People.  Current Affairs Filmstrips, Wilton, CT, 1981. This filmstrip vividly portrays the contrasts in lifestyles and the rich traditions of the folk culture in Mexico. Intermediate.
  • RETHINKING COLUMBUS, THE NEXT 500 YEARS:  edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson.  Rethinking Schools Ltd, 1998.  This new and expanded version contains essays, short stories, interviews, lesson plans, etc. that reevaluate the legacy of Columbus. Grades K-College.
  • REVOLUTION AND INTERVENTION:  U.S. & Cuban Relations in the 20th Century.  By Geoffrey Tegnel and Thomas Ladenburg.  Social Science Education Consortium, 1991.  Designed by two history teachers, this extensive teaching unit is an inÐdepth focus on the U.S.Ð Cuban relations during the last century.  Chapters intended for students are reproducible, and detailed teacher lesson plans are offered for each  chapter.  Simulation activities ask students to assume the roles of people who shaped history they become Kennedy's advisors during the Cuban Missile Crisis and to study the same event through multiple perspectives they become Kruschev justifying the installation of missiles in Cuba.  Additional student activities include map exercises, timeliness, class debates.  Grades 10 and up.
  • TEACHING ABOUT NICARAGUA:  Resource Packet for Secondary Schools.  Network of Educators' Committees on Central America. These activities and lessons are geography, history, chronology, current events, literature, lessons and discussion questions as well as a resource list. 
  • WOMEN IN LATIN AMERICA:  From Pre-Columbian Times To the 20th Century.  (VOLS 1&2) by Marjorie Wall Bingham and Susan Hill Gross; Glenhurst Publications, 1985. These resources explore the conditions, roles, class systems, and slavery also including pre-Columbian, European conquest, ordered societies and 19th century periods that affected women and changed their roles. Contains a Teacherís guide.
  • EASTERN EUROPE:  The Unfinished Revolution.  SPICE, Stanford, California,  1992.  This unit explores Eastern Europe in the early 1900's.  Pollution, unemployment, economic reconstruction, and nationalism are among the concerns treated.  Students examine four countries as case studies in academic and political reconstructing.  Activities, including cartoon analysis, interviews, and role plays, use primary sources.  Small group activities emphasize multiple learning abilities.  Recommended for grades 9-12.
  • HOLOCAUST YEARS:  Society on Trial.  by Erika Hess Merems.  New York:  Bantam Books, 1978.  This teacher's guide, for use with the book of the same title, gives suggestions, readings and discussion questions that deal with six major themes including the important of studying the Holocaust and the application of that study to today and the future.
  • MAPPING EUROPE.  SPICE, Stanford, California,  1992.  Students learn about Europe's principal physical features through five interactive lessons that include "map hunts," an activity on European climates, an exercise on the latitude and longitude of major European cities, and an introduction to the changing political geography of Europe.  Reproducible maps are provided.  Grades 6-9.
  • TEACHING ABOUT CONFLICT: Northern Ireland.  by Jacquelyn S. Johnson.  CTIR*, 1978. Offers insightful content for teaching about the current conflict in Northern Ireland. Though the unit focuses mainly on Northern Ireland, many parts can be adapted for studying other cultural groups. Grades 6-12.
  • Canada
  • CANADA:  A House Divided?  Current Affairs Filmstrip, Ridgefield, Conn., 1980.  The cultural and linguistic differences between French Canadians and the English-speaking majority have not been bridged by time.  Mutual concessions have failed to resolve fundamental differences, and Canada continues to be confronted with divisiveness that has made a national consensus on key issues almost impossible.  Color Sound Filmstrip.  Secondary.
  • CANADIAN STUDIES SYLLABUS AND RESOURCE GUIDE FOR ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE LEVEL TEACHERS.  A 218 page classroom supplement containing activities, graphics, maps, charts, and readings covering Canadian geography, history, politics, and economic life. Materials are interdisciplinary in nature.
  • STUDY CANADA.  by Robert L. Monahan, et al.  Center for Canadian and Canadian-American Studies, 1979.  Three curriculum resource books focusing on geography and Canada's role in international economic affairs.
  • United Nations
  • BASIC FACTS ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS.  Foreword by Javier Perez de Cuellar. 1992.  A thorough resource summarizing the past and ongoing efforts of the UN and its affiliated agencies.  A concise outline of UN history explains why the organization was formed, describes its structure (including the responsibilities of the specialized agencies). and identifies its guiding principles.  Appendix includes data about member nations, addresses of UN centers around the world, and a list of additional readings.
  • UNDERSTANDING THE UNITED NATIONS:  Model Teaching Units for Primary, Secondary, and Teacher Education.  United Nations Association of Minnesota. 1992.  A valuable curriculum guide encouraging students to identify world problems, recognize the need for interdependence, and examine the UN's role as world problem-solver.  Suitable for a United Nations unit in a U.S. history or world area studies course, the eight lesson plans include objectives, teaching procedures, issues, and reproducible handouts. Instructions on how to establish a Model UN program included. Loose-leaf format. Revised edition. Grades 7-12.