Teaching Water and Environmental Justice: From the Great Lakes to Latin America (April 17 & 24, 2021)
This workshop provides Michigan K-14 teachers with context and resources for teaching about water and environmental justice issues—exploring place-based pedagogies to help educators connect water issues across local and global scales.
Resources available to educators:
- Teaching the Flint Water Crisis with Photography, University of Michigan Museum of Art
- Water in Flint and El Salvador, Dr. Paola León, Dr. Steven Smith and Lindsay James, Grand Valley State University
- Arsenic in North America, Jayson Porter, Northwestern University
- Water Histories in Bolivia, Dr. Sarah Hines, University of Oklahoma
#NoHumanIsAlien: Gang Violence in Central America and Contemporary Immigration Debates (March 19, 2018)
The workshop introduces attendees to the complex issue of gang violence in Central America, helping them to contextualize it within the region’s history and current events—contextualizing the political, historical, and economic relationship between the US and Central America to explore the concepts of criminality, violence, immigration policy, imperialism, justice systems, and representation of these themes in art. Resources from the K-12 teacher training workshop on March 19, 2018 »
Health in Latin America: From Indigenous Healing to Biomedicine (June 29, 2017)
The workshop introduces attendees to the diverse demographics of Latin America and some of the different strategies and traditions for promoting health and wellbeing—highlighting Indigenous, African, and immigrant populations and explore how their traditions influence public policy and public health. Resources from a the K-12 teacher training workshop on June 29, 2017 »
K-12 Lesson Plans Utilizing 3D Artifacts from Latin America
LACS, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University Michigan 3D Lab, and various archaeological projects, has produced 3D models of Latin American artifacts including ancient Peruvian pottery. These freely downloadable models are available on our Sketchfab page; below you will find their accompanying lesson plans.
Lesson Plan: Chimu Monkey Bottle
This is a ceramic vessel made by the ancient Chimu culture which originated from the coast of Peru. Dating to ca. 1000-1532, this bottle was made using a 2-piece mold and then fired in a reduced atmosphere, resulting in its black surface.
Students will learn about
The Chimu Empire and the ancient Peruvian Andes
The importance of pottery in human history
Skills to be acquired:
Analysis of everyday objects to detect manufacture sequence
Inference of specialization and division of labor in production of artifacts
Content expectations for Michigan seventh grade: H1.2.1, H1.4.1, W2.1.3, G1.1.1, G1.2.3, G1.3.1, G1.3.2, G1.3.3, G2.1.1, G2.2.1
Quechua Resource Library
The LACS Quechua Resource Library is a collection of books, CDs, and DVDs pertaining to Quechua language and culture. We intend this resource to be utilized by instructors and students in courses with contents on Andean culture, history, and society. We are also building a collection of Nahuatl instruction materials. The database of this collection can be found HERE »
U-M students, faculty, and staff can check out materials from this library, held in Room 506 of Weiser Hall, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.