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By Carly Dodd
While studying Latin America in the 20th century, post WWII, students will be looking at the economic policies many countries in Latin America implement in order to industrialize and modernize; and that unlike earlier western countries, the governments often take a much stronger and intrusive role. Students will then be comparing these effects of the first wave of modernization with the effects of current change happening in Brazil, due to their hosting of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Students will obtain the foundation for the information through reading and interactive notes (interactive means that there is continuous analysis during notes of primary sources—charts, maps, timelines; and discussion on historical causation). After learning major economic policies and the government’s role, using post WWII Brazil as the case study, students will complete a performance task using a text-based Microlab protocol. The text is an article which focuses on the policies of that the Brazilian government has implemented in order to host their international events, and the economic and social unrest these policies have created. Through the analysis of the Microlab, students will then answer an A.P. formatted writing prompt, which asks them to compare economic development and the government’s role in that process between post WWII Brazil and the as they prepare to host the 2014 World Cup.
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