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Central America Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Where in the world is Central America? This lesson plan uses two video lessons to answer that question and teach students key facts about the region. A group activity asks students to dig deeper to understand life in this region of the world.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list the countries that make up Central America
  • outline the history, culture, and political structure of Central America

Length

  • 1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • 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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.9

Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

Materials

  • Photocopies of maps of Central America
  • A worksheet created using the independence quiz and the culture quiz from the associated video lessons
  • Access to research materials and/or the internet
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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