Guatemala is a nation torn between the past and the future, struggling to enter modern global society while clinging to a tumultuous, yet proud past. Home to volcanoes, colonial architecture, ancient Maya archeological sites, and over 20 modern indigenous languages, it borders Mexico, Belize, and the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts, giving it an incredible range of natural beauty.
Lesson Guides and Classroom Activities
La Camioneta Film Discussion Guide
Grade Levels: 5–8, 9–12
Subject Area(s): Spanish, Social Studies
This is a Discussion guide created by CLAS for La Camioneta, a film by Mark Kendall. Includes central themes, context, discussion questions and further explorations for the classroom.
The Amazing Twins: Ancient Maya Tales from the Popol Wuj
Grade Levels: K–4, 5–8, 9–12
Subject Area(s): Spanish, Math
Written in the Western Highlands of Guatemala around 1550 and translated into Spanish in the 18th century by Friar Francisco Ximenez, the Popol Wuj is one of the most important indigenous texts of the New World. This is a resource guide created as a companion to The Amazing Twins: Ancient Maya Tales from the Popol Wuj, a puppet show created by Vanderbilt CLAS and the Nashville Public Library.
CLAS is committed to supporting cultural awareness among K-12 students. Culture boxes consist of materials and curriculum from different countries to create a stimulating, hands-on experience for students. To learn more about what is inside each culture box, click here.
CLAS Lending Library Resources