Latin American Geography Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the geography of Latin America, and will be introduced to some concepts of human geography. They will apply this by creating travel brochures of the region.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the major characteristics of Latin America
  • Identify major regions in Latin America and distinguish between them
  • Demonstrate basic familiarity with the concepts of human geography

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.B

Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.

Materials

Instructions

  • Begin by showing the class an unlabeled map of the world. Ask them to identify North America and South America, and then ask them to identify Latin America. Ask students to free associate and shout words that come to mind when they think of Latin America. Was does this region mean to them?
  • Pull up a larger map of Latin America.
  • Distribute copies of text lesson Latin America Geography: Map, Features & Facts. You will read this lesson as a class, with one student reading aloud at a time, and switching readers with every paragraph.
  • Using this method, read the section ''Latin-American Geography'' as a class. Pause and discuss this information.
    • How does this lesson define Latin America? How is that different from the ways we describe places in terms like North America or South America?
    • How can culture define geography? Is geography only a matter of physical landforms? What's the value in looking at Central and South America in cultural terms as well?
  • Resume and complete lesson. After each section or subsection, pause briefly to discuss this region and locate it on the class map.
    • Where is this region?
    • What defines this region?
    • What do you know about this part of the world?
  • Once you are done, you may test student understanding with Lesson Quiz.

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