Teach Central America Week: Oct. 5-11

Teaching for Change is hosting the second annual Teach Central America Week from October 5 – 11, 2020. Hundreds of teachers from 29 states and the District of Columbia have signed up to participate and organizations have endorsed the week. We have added several new resources for teaching about Central America to our website, including new books and teaching guides appropriate for use with elementary students.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to sign up for Teach Central America Week. Then share your stories about how you teach about Central America October 5-11 and all year long.

Below we share news about upcoming events, lessons, books, films, and other resources.


Roberto Lovato Author Talk


5:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM PT

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Connected Diaspora: Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media

SEP 22 – OCT 17


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Central America: An Introductory Lesson

Introduce students to key concepts and themes which define contemporary Central American politics and society and the push factors leading to Central American migration to the United States.

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Geography is History: Locate the Countries of Central America

This interactive map lesson provides students with clues based on the history and geography of Central America so that they can find and remember the location of each country.

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Beauty and Eco-Relationships in the Natural World of Central America

In this art lesson for elementary and middle school, students learn about three different animals — a bird, a frog, and a butterfly. All these creatures are indigenous to Central America and help us understand the region’s ecosystems.

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U.S. Policy in Central America

This series of lessons invites students to investigate the role of the United States in Guatemala and El Salvador in the 20th century. The lessons were developed for use in conjunction with the website When We Were Young There Was a War.

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We feature selected poetry and literature excerpts for use in PK-12 classrooms by noted Central American authors, including many members of the Committed Generation.

Poetry & Prose

We feature selected poetry and literature excerpts for use in PK-12 classrooms by noted Central American authors, including many members of the Committed Generation.

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Dozens of recommended books for elementary, middle, high school, and adults about Central America and migration to the United States. View Books

The Social Justice Books video series Freedom Reads: Anti-Bias Book Talksupports Teach Central America Week by featuring Rainbow Weaver / Tejedora de Arcoirís, written by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri. View Episode



History is key to understanding current events in Central America. We begin with the history of El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. We also feature links to articles about migration to the United States and current events. View History

Artist David Iles has created a beautifully illustrated book about the history of El Salvador based on materials found on our website, as well as other sources. Download Book

Many from El Salvador insist that it’s the only Central American country without Black people, but Breena Nuñez is asserting their Afro-Salvadoran identity in a vibrant and informative comic. Learn More



Recommended films for the classroom on Central America.

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Are you teaching about Central America or Central American migration to the United States in your classroom? Have you used lessons or other resources from TeachingCentralAmerica.org?

Please share your teaching stories with us. In appreciation for your time, we will send you a free copy of your choice of booksA Promise to Keep by Mario Bencastro or Caribbean Connections: Moving North.

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Posted Tuesday, September 29, 2020 |

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