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Brazil is one of the most naturally diverse countries in the Western Hemisphere. It is home to beaches, the Amazon, and major cities such as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Not only is Brazil the largest country in Latin America, it is gaining ground as a major global player. Its economy is now ranked as the fifth largest in the world and it hosted the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. 

Lesson Guides and Classroom Activities:

Grade Levels: 9-12
Subject Area(s): Spanish
The purpose of this lesson is to expose students to the concept of cognates and for them to learn Portuguese vocabulary related to the home and family through the learning of Spanish.
Exploring Brazil: A Window into the Language and Culture
Grade Levels: 5–8, 9–12
Subject Area(s): Social Studies, Portuguese language
An introductory lesson to basic greetings, sequential information, family and daily activities in the Portuguese language.  
Grade Levels: 9–12
Subject Area(s): Spanish
The goal of this lesson is to discuss the topic of political corruption in Latin America, specifically in Guatemala with a comparison to Brazil.

Brazilian Culture 101

Grade Levels: 9–12
Subject Area(s): Spanish, Social Studies
Presentation on Brazilian culture by Vanderbilt Professor Emanuelle Oliveira.  Includes basic Portuguese language and information on race, class, politics, and music in Brazil.
Letter Writing Lesson - Central Station (Brazil)
Grade Levels: 5–8, 9–12
Subject Area(s): Social Studies, Spanish language, Film studies
This lesson is based on the film Central Station and can be used to supplement the film. This lesson demonstrates the significance of letter writing and communicating in different cultures.
Grade Levels: 9–12
Subject Area(s): Spanish, Science, Social Studies
This unit is to be used with the current AP Spanish Language & Culture themes – Global Challenges with emphasis in environmental issues, specifically recycling. Excellent lesson plan for teaching about the impact of trash on the environment.
Grade Level(s): K-16
Subject Area(s): Language, Portuguese
Introduction to Portuguese presenetations used at the Somos Nos: Diverse Brazil Summer Institute in June of 2016 at Vanderbilt Unviersity. This course was designed by Lunara Gonçalves, University of Georgia from the University of Georgia.

The Dilemma of Coffee: A Decision-Making Activity about Brazil

Grade Levels: 9–12, College
Subject Area(s): Social Studies, Economics, Business
A group risk-analysis activity relating to coffee production in Brazil.

CLAS Lending Library Resources

DVD 2 Filhos de Francisco (Brazil, 2005)
DVD Black in Latin America (2011)
Booklet Brazil Book List
Booklet Brazilian Film Catalog
DVD Central Station (Brazil,1998)
Book Count Your Way through Brazil
DVD Favela Rising (Brazil, 2005)
Book From Another World (Brazil)
PDF History of Brazil Overview
Book Nina Bonita (Brazil)
DVD The Middle of the World (2003)
DVD The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (Brazil, 2006)
Book Um sonho no caroço de abacate
DVD Wasteland (Brazil)