As a Canadian I have easy access to Cuba for there are many flights a day. My trip to research these units was fascinating for the country is such a bundle of contradictions. I came away with a much deeper appreciation for the beauty of the island, breathtaking in so many places, and for a social experiment gone wrong.
Two thematic units about Cuba.
Unit 1. Una plantación azucarera, Manaca Iznaga
Slavery is a difficult subject. Learn about Manaca Iznaga, a Cuban sugar cane plantación. Slavery can be analyzed from many points of view: history, ecology, mathematics, literature and more. Give your students a choice as to what kind of oral presentation they would like to prepare. Allow them to follow their own interests and relate slavery to mathematics, science, art and literature.
Unit 2. Un galeón, Nuestra Señora de Atocha
A ship is found on the ocean floor hundreds of years after it set sail.
Who do the treasures found under the sea belong to? Do they belong to the diver who finds them, to the country whose waters they are in or to the Spanish crown, the original owners? How do you establish ownership? And why was there so much gold and silver on these boats? Was it stolen? The answers to all these questions are not straightforward and will give your students a better perspective on the Spanish colonial empire.
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Subject matter: transport; sugar and slavery
Vocabulary: maritime; sugar and slavery
Grammar: difficult genders
Oral practice: the world in 1622 (role playing); description of two photographs
Homework: the world in 1622 role playing; a research project
Internet: key words for Net search and further research