ERIC Number: ED463985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The Forts of Old San Juan: Guardians of the Caribbean. Teaching with Historic Places.
The massive masonry defenses of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, which were begun in the 16th century, exist today as the oldest European-style fortifications within the territory of the United States. This lesson is based on the World Heritage Site nomination file and the National Park Service Handbook, "San Juan: The Forts of Old San Juan." The lesson can be included in units on colonization in U.S. history and on European settlement and trading patterns in the western hemisphere, as well as on Spain's quest to expand and defend its empire in the New World from the 16th through the 19th century. The teacher's lesson plans provide general information, give educational objectives for students, discuss visiting the site, and list supplementary resources. The student's part includes:"Getting Started"; "Photograph Analysis Sheet"; "Locating the Site" (Maps: Spanish Forts in the Caribbean; San Juan Island, Puerto Rico); "Determining the Facts" ( Readings: Discovery and Colonization of Puerto Rico; Evolution of a Defensive System; Commonwealth of Puerto Rico); "Visual Evidence" (Drawing: El Morro; Photo: El Morro and the Western Part of San Juan; Drawing: San Cristobal; Photo: Aerial View of San Cristobal); and "Putting It All Together" (Activities: Spain and Other Colonizers; Comparing an Old City to a New City; Photographing History). (BT)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Intermediate Grades, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/60sanjuan/60san juan.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico