3. Student Learning Map

  • Topic:The Caribbean
  • Subject(s):Social Studies
  • Days:5
  • Grade(s):7
Key Learning: The way we live depends on where we live, i.e. landforms, climate, resources.
Unit Essential Question(s):
How do geographical factors such as climate, and natural resources affect the way people live and work?
Concept: Cuba
Concept: Haiti
Concept: Puerto Rico
Lesson Essential Question(s):

What led to thousands of Cubans leaving their homeland and how do Cuban exiles feel about their lives in the United States?

Lesson Essential Question(s):


How has democracy been threatened in Haiti?


Why have Haitians been willing to undergo hardships to get to the United States?

Lesson Essential Question(s):

What is life like on the island of Puerto Rico?

Additional Information:

graphic organizer/Web, KWL, maps, atlases, World Studies textbook, United Streaming

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Vocabulary Report

  • Fidel Castro -

    (born August 13, 1926) is a Cuban guerrilla leader, who became that country's 22nd president and ruled it as a dictator

  • constitution -

    a set of laws that describes how a government works

  • Jean-Bertrand Aristide -

    is a former Roman Catholic priest who was President of Haiti in 1991, again from 1994 to 1996, and then from 2001 to 2004. Aristide was the first democratically elected leader of Haiti

  • commumism -

    a political system in which a country's property and resources are shared equally and where the central government controls all aspects of citizens' lives as well as all large businesses and most of a countries land

  • citizen -

    a person with certain rights and responsibilities under a particular government

  • refugee -

    someone who leave his or her homeland to protect personal safety and escape persecution

  • illiterate -

    unable to read or write

  • commonwealth -

    a self-governing political unit with strong ties to a particular country

  • Creole -

    a Haitian of mixed African and European descent; a Haitian language based on French and African languages

  • ally -

    a country joined with another for a special purpose

  • exile -

    a person who leaves or is forced to leave his or her homeland for another country, often for political reasons; to force to leave an area