Project Ideas on the Dominican Republic

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

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

There are many ways to teach about geography and culture. These projects can help you engage your students in creative and unique ways, while teaching them about the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation located on the island of Hispaniola. It has a long and colorful history that contains many moments of triumph as well as painful experiences with racism and imperialism. This nation itself remains a major player in the Caribbean and the Western Hemisphere at large in economic and cultural networks today. Overall, there's a lot to learn about the Dominican Republic, and these project ideas can help your students gain a better appreciation for the country.

Dominican Republic Project Ideas

Travelogues or Travel Guide

For this project, students will begin by researching the geography, culture, and history of the Dominican Republic. Using this research, they will complete one of two projects, or both if you have the time available.

  • Travelogue: Students will write a fictional travelogue in the first person, in which they describe a journey through the Dominican Republic. They should focus on the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and sensations they experiences in various parts of the country. You can also let them make this a more fantastical story by adding a mystical or magical element from Dominican culture.
  • Travel Guide: Students will create a travel brochure that explains the history, sites, and culture of the Dominican Republic for tourists. This brochure should contain a map of the country, major cities and landmarks, and popular holidays or events. You can also ask students to design a mid-century style travel poster for the Dominican Republic to accompany the travel guide.
    • Materials: Paper, pencils, pens, markers, other art supplies as desired

Living History

Divide the class into small groups. Assign each group a different period in the history of the Dominican Republic. Students will research that era and the people who lived in that time. They will then assign each person in their group a role acting as a person in that era, and create a simple skit introducing these people and their history. Depending on time and resources, you could ask students to make full costumes and props, make simple and cheap costumes/props, or just to write and memorize a script. When all of the groups are ready, ask them to present in chronological order, building up a living timeline of Dominican history.

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