This course consists of the following content area strands: American History, Geography, Economics, World History, Humanities, Civics and Government, Psychology, Sociology, and Financial Literacy. The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the student of the development of the Latin American identity, along with examinations of the Latin American cultures through in-depth study of literature, sociology, anthropology, economics, and geography. The course will study the commonalities and differences among the peoples and cultures of Latin American and the complex nature of individual, group, national, and international interactions. Students will examine the characteristics that define culture and gain an understanding of the culture of Latin America. Content includes, but is not limited to, interdependence and challenges, culture, international systems and policies, pluralism, transnationalism, cultural diffusion, Latin American economics, human-environment interactions, patterns of language development, poverty, and the effect of change on cultural institutions. Using texts of high complexity, students will develop knowledge of Latin American literature through integrated educational experiences of reading, writing, speaking and analyzing. Emphasis will include representative Latin American literature, with its varied cultural influences, highlighting the major genres, themes, issues, and influences associated with the selections. Other concepts in this class may include indigenous Native American culture prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Spanish heritage, influence and impact of the Catholic Church, evolution of political systems and philosophies in Latin America, Latin American nationalism, and contemporary Latin American affairs.
Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards:
This course includes Florida’s B.E.S.T. ELA Expectations (EE) and Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning Standards (MTRs) for students. Florida educators should intentionally embed these standards within the content and their instruction as applicable. For guidance on the implementation of the EEs and MTRs, please visit https://www.cpalms.org/Standards/BEST_Standards.aspx and select the appropriate B.E.S.T. Standards package.
English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Social Studies. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL's need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: https://cpalmsmediaprod.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/docs/standards/eld/ss.pdf.