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Activities about Paraguay
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1. Multi-Disciplinary........ You know what comes first. Yep, as always, your first stop when searching for any subject should be pppst.com, closely followed by mrdonn.org.

2. Culture....... This lesson, designed by a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, helps students examine the cultural difference between Paraguay and the United States. It's posted on the Peace Corps Worldwise Schools site.

3. History....... Indigenous people around the world did not fare well with the arrival of Europeans. The same was true for the the indigenous people of Paraguay. Much of their lands were sold off to foreign speculators by the government. The Guarani people became laborers on these estates. This lesson from Anti-Slavery International explores the issue of bonded labor in Paraguay.

4. History....... I'm not really sure about the legality of showing movies in the classroom these days. But, a site called Teach with Movies caught my attention. Unfortunately, it's one of those sites where you have to pay for the lessons. They feature The Mission for a study about Paraguay. It really is a "must see" movie if you want to know about the early European history of the region.

5. Music ........The sound track of The Mission is beautiful and haunting. So, I was especially pleased to find a music lesson on Paraguay called The Sounds of Hope. This lesson presented by PBS features music as an instrument of social changes in Paraguay. And, fyi, one of the little trivia bits I learned while in Paraguay . . . the harp is a national favorite instrument.

6. Art ........ Try as I might, I couldn't find an art lesson for Ñandutí, a traditional lace made in Paraguay. It comes from the Guarani word for spider web and is so very elegant and beautiful. If you are an art lover with a leaning towards geometry, this could be an activity you might enjoy. And, if you make a website lesson about it, let me know and I'll add is as my link. For starters though, just do a Google image search under Ñandutí.

MARTIN
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