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Cuba: Perspective and Bias (film and Project Based Learning Lesson Plan)


This lesson plan pairs the documentary Maestra with a clip from the film American Experience: Fidel Castro. It highlights the importance of literacy in post-revolutionary Cuba and teaches the literacy movement as a lens through which to study turning points in Cuban history, as major shifts in policy and history affected volunteer literacy teachers. This curriculum also draws connections between literacy more broadly and political literacy/the importance of rhetoric to Fidel Castro's regime. By incorporating clips of Fidel Castro, and of volunteer teachers, this lesson plan urges students to consider literacy's role in history, politics, and culture in Cuba and beyond.


Essential Questions: What is literacy What are the differences between education in the United States and in Cuba? What were the roles of maestras in Cuba?


  • Students will be able to determine the importance of literacy for an individual within a society.
  • Students will be able to compare their cultures to Cuban culture.
  • Students will be able to extract key points about Cuban history from film and literature.


Kyle Kopsick


Lesson Plans

Grade Levels

9–12, College


History, Spanish, Social Studies, Human Geography