Teaching about Puerto Rico

Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico introduces students to the history, geography, identity, government, economy, environment, and culture of Puerto Rico through essays, poetry, and fiction. See Table of Contents below.

The second edition of our book Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico has been out of print and unavailable since 2006. In light of the current crisis on the island after Hurricane Maria, we are doing all we can to place the book online for free download by classroom teachers. But, we need your support.

Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico will help fill the gaps in the curriculum and overcome the silence in the media. Please give today.

We also recommend the readings at #PRsyllabus and programs on Democracy Now for current news. In addition, Dr. Marilisa Jimenez Garcia has prepared an invaluable supplemental resource list called “Puerto Rican Children’s Literature for Social Justice: A Bibliography for Educators.”

In addition to support for the book, we encourage everyone to provide direct support for people in Puerto Rico. This article in The Nation provides good recommendations:  “Puerto Rico Still Needs Our Help. Here’s What You Can Do“.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction

Part 1: History and Geography

  • Puerto Rico at a Glance
  • A Brief History of Puerto Rico
  • Important Dates in Puerto Rican History
  • The Death of Salcedo/La muerte de Salcedo
  • Carabali/Carabalí

Part 2: Identity

  • Introduction
  • Child of the Americas
  • Borincan Lament/Lamento Borincano
  • Black and Latino
  • Arturo Alfonso: Our Forgotten Scholar
  • Our Mother’s Struggle Has Shown Us the Way
  • Quinceañera
  • A Warrior Am I
  • In the Shade of the Níspero Tree
  • The Puerto Rican Coquí
  • In My Old San Juan/En la calle San Sebastián

Part 3: Government, Economy and Civic Life

  • Introduction
  • Political Status: Independence, Commonwealth, or Statehood
  • The Economy of Puerto Rico
  • A Lead Box That Couldn’t Be Opened

Part 4: Land and Environment

  • Introduction
  • The Bees Are Back!
  • Doña Licha’s Island
  • Purita Gil Pérez Fights for Clean Air
  • Ocean Venture
  • Vieques Chronology
  • Community Fights for Its Land
  • My Experience in Vieques
  • Vieques: Victories and Challenges

Part 5: Culture and Traditions

  • Introduction
  • The Puerto Rican Vejigante
  • Customs and Traditions of the Tabaqueros
  • Coca-Cola and Coco Frío
  • Dulce De Naranja
  • Bomba
  • Danza
  • Bumbún and The Beginnings of La Plena
  • Plena Is Work, Plena Is Song/Plena, Canto, y Trabajo
  • Salsa: The Past, Present And Future

Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2017 |

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