Latin American Resources


GENERAL AREA RESOURCES



CULTURAL TRADITIONS ANDHISTORY




GENERAL AREA RESOURCES

Institute of Latin American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill 
http://www.unc.edu/depts/ilas 
The Outreach Office of the Institute of Latin American Studies focuses on strengthening relationships with NC schools, providing Latin American resources for classroom use and aiding educators abilities to incorporate Latin American content in language, social studies, communications and art instruction. This is accomplished through professional development workshops, a lending library of Latin American materials, school visit programs, artists in schools programs and traveling art exhibits. 


Latin American Database
http://www.ladb.unm.edu
This University of New Mexico site is an internet-based news and educational service in English about Latin America.  The site features weekly electronic news bulletins about Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America.  It also houses a searchable archive of over 24,000 articles dated from 1986.  Subscription required. 


Political Database of the Americas
http://pdba.georgetown.edu/
This database provides reference materials, primary documents, comparative studies, and statistical data on countries in the Western Hemisphere.  



FOR EDUCATORS

UNC at Chapel Hill Resources for Teaching Latin America
http://www.lib.unc.edu/subjectguides/worldview/teachinglatinamerica/

UNC at Chapel Hill has many valuable resources for K-12 and community college educators who are adding a global dimension to their teaching. World View is happy to help connect you to these wonderful resources. Teresa Chapa, UNC Librarian for Latin America, Iberia and Latina/Latino Studies, has developed the above online list of resources.


Bilingual Books for Kids
http://www.bilingualbooks.com/
Multicultural Connections y Cosas Hispanicas® is a great bilingual collection of legends, myths, poetry, dictionaries, songs, prose, and materials for teachers and parents available for sale (all grade levels).


Amigos 

http://edweb.sdsu.edu/people/cguanipa/amigos/
Amigos is a website of interest to ethnically diverse middle school and high school students, parents, teachers and interested adults. Amigos includes informational essays, resources for locating help, sharing of personal stories, and intergenerational experiences.


Education World: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 

http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson023.shtml
This site contains a wonderful article on lesson planning for the National Hispanic Heritage month (September 15-October 15), and includes interesting information about the region. Best for K-12 educators.


Zona Latina 

http://www.zonalatina.com/Zlchild.htm
Latin American Children Resources is a collection of reading sources, internet sites, television web pages, comics, and much more from Latin America. This site is for younger children to learn more about Latin children's culture. It is also useful to educators as it contains research articles on Latin American children and education.

Lesson Plan on Haiti
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/project-haiti-holding-a-teach-in/?nl=learning&emc=a1
What are the effects of the earthquake in Haiti? What issues, problems and questions has the disaster caused and raised? How are students responding personally, and how can they help? In this lesson, students either participate in a personal response activity or engage in an in-depth teach-in project, researching topics related to the earthquake and presenting their findings to the community. They then develop proposals for a community service plan and choose one or more to implement.

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CULTURAL TRADITIONS AND HISTORY


Amazon Tales 
http://www.ecuadorexplorer.com/html/amazon_peoples.html
Amazon Tales allows visitors to take a peek at the legendary Amazon River through the eyes of local indigenous peoples.



Warriors of the Amazon

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/shaman/shaman2.html
PBS Nova presents an online introduction to the Warriors of the Amazon who inhabit the barely-accessible El Oriente region of Ecuador. 


Cultures of the Andes 
http://www.andes.org/bookmark.html
Cultures of the Andes contains various links that introduce readers to music, literature, and other aspects of Andean culture.



Andes Expedition: Searching for Inca Secrets 

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/andes/
This site sumarizes the National Geographic Andes Expedition. The site focuses on a "virtual autopsy" of the Mount Ampato ice maiden, who was discovered accidentally in 1995 and made global headlines. 



The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
http://www.raingod.com/angus/Gallery/Photos/SouthAmerica/Peru/IncaTrail.html
This website includes a virtual tour of the trail, with images and commentary.



Maya Adventure 

http://www.sci.mus.mn.us/sln/ma/
The Science Museum of Minnesota presents this online Mayan adventure to highlight science activities and information related to ancient and modern Mayan culture. Best for in-class learning activities, especially at the elementary and middle school levels.


Indigenous Peoples in Ecuador 
http://abyayala.nativeweb.org/ecuador/
This site introduces visitors to indigenous people of Ecuador through stories, pictures, and articles.  


The Panama Canal 
http://www.pancanal.com/
This visually impressive site offers the history of, and current issues around, the Panama Canal. A useful site for educators and upper level students.


ˇdel Corazón!
http://www.delcorazon.si.edu
Featuring the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection of art by Latino artists, ˇdel Corazón! is an interactive, educational webzine for teachers and students.


The Virtual Diego Rivera Web Museum
http://www.diegorivera.com
Diego Rivera (1886-l957) was one of the most prominent Mexican painters of the 20th century. This site is well-designed and interactive, offering photos of his murals, a biography, and online film clips.


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