Northern and Central South America: Government and Economy


World Cultures South America Northern and Central South America: Government and Economy
Students explore the connection between the natural resources and economies of several of the countries in this region. Then they do additional research on these natural resources to understand the kinds of jobs that are associated with them. Finally, students learn about Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian president who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016.

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In this experience, students explore the connection between the natural resources and economies of several of the countries in this region. Then they do additional research on these natural resources to understand the kinds of jobs that are associated with them. Finally, students learn about Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian president who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016.

In scene 3, students will work together in groups, each focused on one of four different countries in the region.

The Northern and Central American countries in this region include:

  • Ecuador
  • Colombia
  • Venezuela
  • Guyana
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Paraguay
  • Bolivia

Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the economies of Northern and Central South America.
  • Describe the connection between natural resources and the economies of the region.


Do your parents or other family members drink coffee in the morning? There’s a good chance they are drinking an important economic export from South America. In this experience, you will learn more about the economies of several of the countries in Northern and Central South America.

Objectives:

  • Identify and compare and contrast the economies of Northern and Central South America.
  • Describe the connection between natural resources and the economies of the region.




To learn a bit about the coffee economy, watch A Colombian Coffee Break


What did you learn about the connection between coffee growers in Colombia, South America and the coffee business in a place like Durham, North Carolina?

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Answers will vary, but students should recognize the strong interconnection between the work of the farmers in Colombia and the life of Americans who enjoy coffee in the United States.


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