To study the historical relationship between the United States and the countries of Latin America.
1 class period
In this lesson, students will participate in a Contest by reading 50 sentences with information about the historical relationship between the United States and nations of Latin America. Letters of key words in these sentences have been scrambled. Class members need to rearrange the letters to form correct answers, and fill them in the spaces provided.
The sentences are organized into the following sections:
• From Isolationism to World Power
• Relations with Cuba
• Puerto Rico Becomes a U.S. Territory
• The United States Becomes Involved in Other Parts of Latin America
• Latin American Countries Resent American Interference
• Relations Improve Between the United States and Latin America
Set a time limit for the Contest. When the time elapses, have the students exchange papers. Read the answers. Where there are mistakes or omissions, the person marking the paper should fill in the correct word, name, or term. Determine which class members have the most right answers.
Following the Contest, there are four Review Questions. If time permits, students can begin working on these at the end of the class period and/or do as homework.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.