English, Government, Reading, History
Suggested activities in this guide cross disciplines in the arts, sciences, history, government and economics. Encourage students to develop their personal vocabulary by making a list of words they do not know when reading The Post articles and resources.
Terms in In the Know are found primarily in “A flow of Cubans — going home,” but will be helpful in discussing issues surrounding the normalization of diplomatic relations.
Introduce Caribbean Nations
On the NIE website, teachers will find a map collection under More Resources. Two of the maps are of North America. Select “North America Color Map” for students to identify countries in the Caribbean Sea. To confirm the names of countries, select “North American Color Map with Nations Named.”
Teachers may prefer to review the maps found In the Cuba and The Caribbean. Familiarize students with the countries of Central and South America that border the Caribbean.
Teachers may use this activity as an opportunity to review and locate these terms: “equator,” “Greater Antilles,” “Torrid Zone,” “tropical and tropics” and “West Indies.”
Read the Map of Cuba
Locate the island of Cuba. Discuss its geographic relationship to The Bahamas, Colombia, Haiti, Jamaica, Key West, Mexico and the U.S. Teachers may also take this opportunity to discuss and locate these: “Atlantic Ocean,” “Gulf of Mexico,” “Straits of Florida.”
Ask students to locate Havana (Habana), Guantanamo, Camagüey, Isla de la Juvenud and Santiago de Cuba. Where are the Sierra Maestra and other mountain ranges located?
Picture Life in Cuba in Word and Image
Art, Journalism, Media Studies, Photography, Social Studies
Photographs capture daily scenes as well as major events. Give students “Faces of Cuba.” Discussion of each photograph could include:
• What do students think is happening before they read the captions?
• What information is added in each caption to help them learn more about activities?
• What actions or activities are different than those U.S. students experience? Which are similar?
• One caption includes a quotation. What does it reveal about the lives of young Cubans?
• What do the date of publication and the information in the photographs and captions reveal about the publishing cycle, “evergreen” topics and international coverage?
The Post has a number of photo galleries that accompany news and feature articles about Cuba. These may also be viewed to discuss life in rural areas, scenes in the city, beach culture, expressions of faith and life on Isla de la Juvenud.
Reading, English, Physical Education, Social Studies
Before reading the KidsPost article, write the headline on the board. Discuss key words: “Cuba,” “baseball players,” and ‘illegal.” What does this sentence communicate? Do your students know what an “illegal” departure is? What questions do students have after reading it?
Look at the photograph and read the caption together. What information is communicated to add to the story?
Read and discuss “Cuba welcomes baseball players who left country illegally.”
• Why did players have to leave Cuba illegally to work for a MLB team?
• Why were these players allowed to return to Cuba?
• What was the reaction in Cuba to the “three-day mission”?
• What is the goal of Major League Baseball in Cuba?
Research Cuban Roots
English, Journalism, Reading, Social Studies, Technology
“Cubans have been one of the ten largest immigrant-origin groups in the United States since 1970 and are currently the seventh largest,” according to the Migration Policy Institute. Out of the thousands who have made America home, many have risen in their chosen fields.
Give students the e-Replica activity "Meet the People | Americans with Cuban Roots." In order to begin this research activity, 17 individuals are named. Students could work individually or in pairs to conduct the e-Replica search and work on writing the brief statement. Students are asked to continue their Internet search, using reliable sources for biographic information. They then review the information to write a brief, informative piece.