Caribbean History Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students the history of the Caribbean. Two video-based lessons are used to guide students through differing aspects of its cultural and political history with discussion questions. Finish with an engaging activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify Caribbean South America on a map
  • name the countries of Caribbean South America
  • discuss the cultural and political history of the Caribbean
  • explain the impact of American Imperialism on the Caribbean


1.5 hours


  • File folders, one for each student
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Maps of the Caribbean region

Key Vocabulary

  • Caribbean South America
  • Colombia
  • Venezuela
  • Guyana
  • French Guiana
  • Platt Amendment
  • Roosevelt Corollary
  • Dollar Diplomacy
  • Panama Canal

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

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