ERIC Number: ED370822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching about Haiti.
Sunshine, Catherine A.; Menkart, Deborah
Developed for secondary students to place political situations in context, this document uses essays, interviews, songs, literature, and prose to present the culture of Haiti and the history of colonialism, neo-colonialism, and struggles for independence. After a historical overview, a chronology provides key dates in Haitian history. Maps of Haiti and the Caribbean precede two folktales that blend African and European folklore to become part of the cultural heritage of the Haitian people. The tradition of work exchange by the rural Haitians originating from West African roots is explained and illustrated by a story. After describing voodoo and its development as a resistance force in Haiti, data on conditions in Haiti provide statistics on such topics as population trends, life expectancy, illiteracy rate, and infant mortality rate. Six stories illustrate Haitian daily life. Music plays an integral role in the social and religious activities, and four songs and discussion questions provide opportunities for student participation. Seven teaching ideas provide further information on activities. A list of 12 organizations and journals and 26 sources (including videos) for further information on Haiti concludes the guide. (CK)
Descriptors: Colonialism, Cultural Background, Cultural Education, Cultural Influences, Folk Culture, Foreign Countries, Latin American Culture, Latin American History, Learning Activities, Nationalism, Religious Factors, Secondary Education, Social History, Social Influences, Social Studies
Network of Educators on the Americas, 1118 22nd St., N.W., Washington, DC 20037 ($1).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Network of Educators on the Americas.; Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Caribbean; Caribbean History; Haiti