Tag Archives: Cultural Literacy

Cultural Literacy: The Monroe Doctrine

If you scroll down one post below this one, you’ll find another Cultural Literacy worksheet on Manifest Destiny. To add a corollary to that, here is another Cultural Literacy worksheet, this one on the Monroe Doctrine.

It is this policy, I think, that has led the United States into making common cause with vicious tyrants across Latin America, but particularly General Augusto Pinochet, Rafael Trujillo, three members of the Somoza Family, and the genocidal Guatemalan strongman, Efrain Rios Montt–and calling him genocidal is no exaggeration, reader, as this particular moral cretin was on trial for genocide when he died.

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Cultural Literacy: Manifest Destiny

Here, on a rainy Tuesday morning (the remnants of Hurricane Florence pass through the Five Boroughs today), is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on Manifest Destiny. You will note that I have posted this during Hispanic Heritage Month 2018, and so tagged it using my coding system. I find that editorial decision requires a mild defense.

Manifest Destiny, narrowly defined, refers to a belief in the United States, among its government and citizens, that the nation was obviously destined (simply another way of saying “Manifest Destiny”) to occupy North America in its entirety. Because this frame of mind informed, like it or not, United States policy across Latin America, it is an frame of inquiry in studying Hispanic History. Ergo, it ends up as a Hispanic Heritage Month post here.

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Cultural Literacy: The Mexican War

Alright, here is the penultimate post on this Saturday morning, the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month 2018: a Cultural Literacy worksheet on the Mexican War.

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Cultural Literacy: Pancho Villa

Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on Pancho Villa in observation of the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month for 2018.

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The Weekly Text, September 14, 2018

It’s second Friday of our school year here in New York. The first month of school is always a long haul as programming works out, and teachers get to know students. We’ve had one of the sides of Hurricane Florence passing through here this week, so stultifying humidity and the constant threat of rain hangs over the region.

This week’s Text is a complete lesson plan introducing personal pronouns. I use this Everyday Edit worksheet on Pocahontas to begin the lesson; should the lesson go into a second day due to unforeseen circumstances I keep this Cultural Literacy worksheet on satire nearby to start the conclusion of the lesson on that second day. This is the scaffolded worksheet that is the center of the lesson, and here is teacher’s copy of same.

That’s it for this week. Tomorrow begins Hispanic Heritage Month 2018, which runs through October 15. Mark’s Text Terminal will regularly feature, as in years past, materials related to Hispanic Heritage and History for the next four or so weeks.

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Cultural Literacy: Altruism

This morning I’m working on some materials that attempt to inculcate understanding ot the idea of virtue and its manifestations in the world. So here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on altruism, a synonym for one of the cardinal virtues, charity.

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Cultural Literacy: The Big Bang

Last thing on a suddenly hectic Sunday morning: here, if you can use it, is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on the Big Bang.

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