This curriculum unit is designed on the elementary level to show the social and cultural developments of the island of Puerto Rico, how Puerto Ricans have lived and shaped their distinctive way of life. It provides the student with an understanding of the diverse background of Puerto Rican people as well as with an understanding of how the Indian, Spanish and African cultures were integrated into Puerto Rican culture. The activities in this unit are planned around basic concepts in history and social sciences.
This unit is divided into eleven lessons. The beginning of each lesson a short reading introduces the topic to students. At the elementary level my suggestion is that the teacher read this to the class. Students will have available a variety of resource materials in the classroom. These can include supplementary materials from the Bilingual Department cited within this unit, library books, records, filmstrips and the use of computers (Jostens Learning Corporation,
Comptons Multi-Media Encyclopedia).
Students will be involved in a variety of learning activities such as reading, creative writing, art projects, music, dance, and research and study. The culminating activities will include a display of class projects and an assembly program for Puerto Rico Discovery Day in November.