This lesson can be divided in two 45 minutes periods.
Students will be able to interpret facts about the societies of the Caribbean Islands and particularly Puerto Rico, including the migration of the Arawak Indians from South American continent.
Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the social structure of the native population of Puerto Rico (Taíno Indians).
a. Recall background knowledge
Teacher can recall the background knowledge using different strategies.
Teacher can design interview protocols for students for those who are from a Puerto Rican heritage inquiring about the students’ city of origin – e.g., if the city has a Taino name or a Spanish name, if the name of the city has a meaning in the Taino language.
c. Group work
d. Think Pair Share strategies
All students can brainstorm in a group about their knowledge. Students can report to the class or to the teacher,
e. Individual mini-project
Students can receive a few exploration topics in an advanced technology-setting class. Students must research about the topic and share with the class.
f. Share family heritage (especially for students from Puerto Rico)
Students must have received the assignment prior to sharing in class.
g. Direct instruction
Create or find on the web a power point or a slide show about the Early Taino society. Discuss the social structure. Explain the egalitarian concept of the Taino society.