ERIC Number: ED316465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Reinforcing Democracy in the Americas: Lessons for Teaching about Latin America.
Mason, Mary Teague
The purpose of this guide is to help teach secondary school students about democracy in Latin America. Lesson 1 covers "Definitions of Democracy," and instructs students to compare and create such definitions. Lesson 2," The Importance of a Democratic Tradition," uses flow charts to enable students to understand and describe how governments in Latin America have been affected by the democratic tradition. Lesson 3, "Social Classes and Democracy," employs student groups and panel discussion to teach about problems and objectives of Latin American social groups and their impact on democracy. Lesson 4, "Economics and Democracy," gives students experience in conducting a survey, analyzing and comparing data, and drawing conclusions from collected data. Lesson 5, "Human Rights," uses student lists of basic rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and interview results to teach about human rights. Lesson 6, "Democracy on the Rise in Latin America," emphasizes map skills and almanacs to teach about the development of democracy and changes in forms of government in Latin America. In Lesson 7, "What Future for Democracy in Latin America?" students discuss and draw conclusions about U.S. intervention in Latin American affairs. The appendix consists of a pre-test and a "Lesson Assessment Sheet." (AS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA. Carter Center.; Institute of the Americas, La Jolla, CA.