Students will be able to show understanding of the main political parties (or political elites in Puerto Rico).
Students will be able to demonstrate understanding and differences between,
a. Commonwealth status
b. State (organized territory where federalism applies)
c. Independent and sovereign country
Note: This lesson can be divided into three 45 minutes classes or two 60 minutes classes (or any other option).
Recall background knowledge. If the teacher chooses to conduct an in-depth exploration of the political status of Puerto Rico, there is a connection between the political parties and elites and each of their quests for self-determination or self-identity in Puerto Rico.
Explain the types of political status such as state, commonwealth and independent country. This lesson will take one day, minimum, with the designed activities.
*Teachers may use any of the strategies from Lesson Plan 1, or depending on the school’s SIP –(School Improvement Plan) focus they can chose predesigned strategies based on school dynamics such as emphasizing the oral language, written language, or presentational skills.
Activity preparation -the referendum.
Students must become familiar with a voting procedure. They will have ballots in Spanish and English. Students will have the three options (look in the objectives) to choose about the future of Puerto Rico.