Many Spanish language curriculums underrepresent the Afro-Latino heritage of the Spanish speaking world. However, Black in Latin America, a four-part series on the influence of African descent on Latin America, explores the historical heritage of African ancestry in the Spanish speaking world. This is a must see documentary for all students exploring Latin American culture. It is not just Black history but Latin American history!
There handout is broken in five parts: anticipation guide, important words and places, guided notes, suggested discussion and suggested research questions. There are a total of 20 engaging questions that will promote critical thinking and a fruitful discussion about African ancestry in Latin America! The documentary can be found on Youtube and the link is embedded in the handout.
Questions are written in sequential order and is a great tool to hold students accountable as they view the documentary. I would suggest pausing the documentary after each answer is revealed to check for understanding. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions! I am always open to a fruitful discussion!
See below for a description of the Black in Latin America series:
In Mexico and Peru Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people—the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States —brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, and the worlds of culture that their descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific, and in and around Lima, Peru. Watch full episode. (Source: pbs.org)
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