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K-12 Curricular Materials

Various workshops and programs have generated a wealth of materials on various topics on Latin American and Caribbean history, culture, and society. To enable these valuable curricular materials to reach a broad audience, CLACS has created an online archive of useful material for teachers and students.



This unit provides teaching materials and articles for the Indocumentales/Undocumentaries Film Series. Additionally, you will find a broad array of background information, texts, web resources and articles that focus on topics that emerge from the documentary films and discussions.

Foreign Policy

Perspectives on US Foreign Policy in Colombia: Unilateralism vs. Engagement
This unit will focus on the impact and goals of US Foreign Policy in Colombia from the inception of the Monroe Doctrine to present day.

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Armed Conflict and Ethnic Diversity: Colombia
This unit contains materials that encourage students to understand Colombia’s conflict from the ethnic perspective.

Foreign Policy

Perspectives on US Foreign Policy in Colombia: Unilateralism vs. Engagement
This unit will focus on the impact and goals of US Foreign Policy in Colombia from the inception of the Monroe Doctrine to present day.

Save Ethnic Studies

Whose history? Bringing the Ethnic Studies debate in Tucson, AZ into your high school
This unit is built around the film Precious Knowledge, a striking personal and political portrayal of the debate over the ethnic studies program in Tucson, AZ.

East LA Walkouts

The Fight for Equality in Education in the United States
This unit seeks to examine this struggle by focusing on the Chicano movement and the walkouts in Los Angeles high schools in 1968, and the work by Puerto Rican and African American parents in NYC to combat ‘educational genocide’ in the 1960s.

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Murals: A historical and contemporary exploration of their use as a medium and inspiration for protest, public and personal history
Through this unit, students will be able to explore the importance of murals and their history on a global level, specifically in Mexico and the effects and influence murals had on artists.


Sugar and the Link to Slavery in Colonial Latin America
These materials explore the link between sugar production and slavery in colonial Latin America, exploring how sugar impacted the economic and social structure of colonial Latin America.


Race and Government Policy in Revolutionary Cuba
These materials interrogate ways in which Fidel Castro tried to eliminate racial inequality and racism in Cuba during the revolutionary period.


Settlements and Colonial Cities in the Andean Region
This unit considers the early settlements of the Andean region which became colonial cities that now comprise the urban centers we recognize today.


The Great (Quiet) Migration: Brazil
This unit explores the history of migration from Northeast Brazil to cities in the southern part of the country.


Perspectives on the Cuban Revolution
By discussing life in Cuba before and after the Cuban Revolution from the perspective of different social classes, students interrogate what role government should play in keeping society safe and fair.

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Revisiting the Past
Looking at the first encounter, these activities address history and Spanish language learning.


Colonial Power and Indigenous Resistance in Art
This unit focuses on the impact colonization had on art in Latin America and the Caribbean from 1492-1650.


Teaching El Cinco de Mayo
Geared toward elementary and high school-aged students, these resources critically analyze history to understand events that occurred in Mexico and the United States from 1810-1867, including El Cinco de Mayo.


State Violence and the Modern Human Rights Movement in Argentina
This unit looks at the coalescence of a human rights movement in relation to Argentina's Dirty War.


US Foreign Policy and Chile in the 1970s
These resources will help educators explore the complexities of US intervention in Chile during the 1970s.


Media Representations of the Civil War in El Salvador
Material related to El Salvador's Civil War reveals specific circumstances of the Cold War as well as local and international media’s contradictory representations of atrocities.


US-Cuba Relations before 1959
This unit explores U.S.-Cuban relations before Fidel Castro’s revolution in 1959.


Cuba Today
The resources provided here address the contemporary realities of Cuban youth and the myriad ways young people are shaping Revolutionary Cuba and envisioning the near future of their society.


The Maroons of Jamaica
The materials in this unit look at the history of escaped slaves in Jamaica, known as Maroons, and the impact of their rich cultural traditions on today's Jamaican society.


The War on Drugs, as Seen from Bolivia
These resources explore the history of the coca leaf, its importance in Bolivian culture, and recent United States efforts to eradicate the coca plant, and also investigate international ramifications of a “war against drugs.”


Understanding Haiti-DR Race Relations
Using videos and ethnographic materials, these activities aim to spark questions about the myriad aspects of race relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.


Latin America: Colonization and Independence
This unit supports the development of a humanities research paper at the 10th grade level.


Perspective Matters
Drawing on contemporary literature and Latin American history, this unit focuses on the development of media literacy skills.


Designing with History in Mind
Using a case-study based on art of pre-Columbian Mexico, the goal of this unit is to allow design students a chance to create artistic and architectural designs that reflect a cultural and regional sensitivity.