Skip to Content

Educational Resources

The workshop introduces attendees to the complex issue of gang violence in Central America, helping them to contextualize it within the region’s history and current events—contextualizing the political, historical, and economic relationship between the US and Central America to explore the concepts of criminality, violence, immigration policy, imperialism, justice systems, and representation of these themes in art.

Resources from a K-12 teacher training workshop on March 19, 2018 »

The workshop introduces attendees to the diverse demographics of Latin America and some of the different strategies and traditions for promoting health and wellbeing—highlighting Indigenous, African, and immigrant populations and explore how their traditions influence public policy and public health. 

Resources from a K-12 teacher training workshop on June 29, 2017 »

The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, collaborating with the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology and University Michigan 3D Lab, has produced 3D models of ancient Peruvian pottery. Here you will find links to free and downloadable 3D models on our SketchFab page and their accompanying lesson plans.

Lesson Plan: Chimu Monkey Bottle

This is a ceramic vessel made by the ancient Chimu culture which originated from the coast of Peru. Dating to ca. 1000-1532, this bottle was made using a 2-piece mold and then fired in a reduced atmosphere, resulting in its black surface.

SketchFab page with 3D model and downloadable file »

Chimu Ceramic Monkey Jar Lesson Plan (in Google Doc) »

Accompanying Slides for Chimu Ceramic Monkey Jar Lesson Plan (in Google Slides) »

Students will learn about

  • The Chimu Empire and the ancient Peruvian Andes

  • The importance of pottery in human history

Skills to be acquired:

  • Analysis of everyday objects to detect manufacture sequence

  • Inference of specialization and division of labor in production of artifacts

Content expectations for Michigan seventh grade: H1.2.1, H1.4.1, W2.1.3, G1.1.1, G1.2.3, G1.3.1, G1.3.2, G1.3.3, G2.1.1, G2.2.1

The LACS Quechua Resource Library is a collection of books, CDs, and DVDs pertaining to Quechua language and culture. We intend this resource to be utilized by instructors and students in courses with contents on Andean culture, history, and society. We are also building a collection of Nahuatl instruction materials. The database of this collection can be found HERE »

U-M student, faculty, and staff can check out materials from this library, held in Room 506 of Weiser Hall, by contacting Howard Tsai at hitsai@umich.edu.

Learn more about the Quechua Language Program »