K-14 Teaching Resources

Teaching about Latin American and the Caribbean by Topic ~ Latin American and the Caribbean Teaching Resources ~ Curriculum Units and Lesson Plans ~ Latin American Holidays & Celebrations Calendar ~ Teachers Basic Latin American Languages Communication Booklet


Latin American & Caribbean Studies Collection, University of Illinois ~ The Library of Congress, Spanish Reading Room


Teaching about Latin America and the Caribbean by Topic

Agriculture ~ Art / Architecture ~ Culture and Traditions ~ Hispanic Heritage ~ Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos ~ Economics ~ Food ~ Geography ~ History ~ Immigration and Migration ~ Languages ~ Music ~ Politics ~ Religion ~ Sports ~ Urbanism


Art / Architecture

Culture and Traditions

Hispanic Heritage

Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos

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  • Bananas Unpeeled! The Hidden Costs of Banana Production and Trade - The Global Education Network
    The theme of banana production and trade is perfectly suited to a curriculum unit intended to help students gain a more global perspective of important world issues. Growing bananas, occurring as it does in Southern countries with unstable or dictatorial political situations, may have devastating effects on the land and workers. For grade 12.
  • International Potato Center (CIP)
    The International Potato Center seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security on a sustained basis in developing countries through scientific research and related activities on potato, sweetpotato, and other root and tuber crops and on the improved management of natural resources in the Andes and other mountain areas.
  • Latin American Food, Recipies and Nutrition: http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/region/food/



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Latin American Immigration and Migration

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Urbanism in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Latin American and Caribbean Resources

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Curriculum Units & Lesson Plans






9-12 GRADE

  • Culture in Art - The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
    Explore how cultural aspects of our lives are depicted in society. Identify the cultural elements Frida Kahlo referenced in her work.

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Latin American Lesson Plans
Latin American Immigration & Migration

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Latin American Cities/ Urbanism


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CLACS Speakers Bureau

Do your students want to know how Day of the Dead is celebrated in Latin America? Or how was the Inca Empire organized? Or perhaps what are CARICOM, NAFTA, ALCA or MERCOSUR and their impact in Latin America? These and many other questions are some of the possible topics of our Speakers Bureau program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

CLACS provides presentations for classroom and the community, by U of I faculty and graduate students to share their expertise on Latin America and the Caribbean. This service is free of charge. We serve Champaign, Vermillion, Douglas, Piatt, Ford and Iroquois counties.

You may contact us about our K-14 / community presentations on the topic you need or view a list of regions and possible topics below. To place a request, simply fill out a request form or contact clacs@illinois.edu.

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Travel Abroad for Teachers

GEEO - Travel Programs for Educators

We Help Teachers Explore the World!

"I will talk about these trips all year in my classes. For so many of my students, my description of my travels will be the only exposure they will have to other countries and other ways of life."- Social studies teacher Michael Baldwin, who's first time traveling abroad was with GEEO.

Education is at the heart of our society and teachers with greater global perspectives provide richer experiences for those they lead in the classroom. Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 2000 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. GEEO's trips are 7 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.

Please take a look around our website to find out more about us and our programs. For a compact list of all of our programs and their dates, please click here.

Throughout August we will be updating this website. Our 2018 programs will be announced on our website and listserv on September 1st


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International Education Resources

The Illinois International Review

Outreach Links and Listservs

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