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South America

Pixton Lesson Plan on South America

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Pixton Lesson Plan on South America
Pixton Lesson Plan on South America
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South America

Step 1Class discussion with students

Take a blank map of South America, cut out the countries, and scatter them randomly on a piece of paper to create a 'Geography of South America' puzzle. Have students paste the countries back together to reform South America. In the process, students can use a map as reference to add each country's name, its capital city, and a major landform. Students can give the map a title and use it as a title page for the unit.

Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic
    Life in South America

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  • Make a Comic
    South American Independence

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  • Make a Comic
    South American Settlements

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  • Extension / Modification
    T-Chart (Extension / Modification)

    Create a T-Chart comparing the costs and benefits of cutting down the Amazon rain forest.

  • Extension / Modification
    Design (Extension / Modification)

    Create a tourism pamphlet highlighting the major sites, foods, and cultural events of a country in South America.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Find a guide book for South America as a way to choose several major tourist sites such as Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, or the Amazon rainforest. Using Google Earth, type a location into the search bar to take a virtual tour of each site. As you browse the site, click on the photo or panoramic view links for a better look. Try to visit sites in each country to get the full view of what South America has to offer.

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Pixton Activity: South America 1 Life in South America

Instructions

Design a Storyboard that illustrates the daily activities of one of the major countries in South America.

Choose from the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Guyana
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Each panel should include:

  • A title
  • An appropriate graphic
  • A detailed description of the activity

Make sure to discuss the following with respect to your country:

  • Language
  • Religion
  • Food
  • Culture
  • Customs

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Life in South America

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total
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Pixton Activity: South America 2 South American Independence

Instructions

Create a Timeline identifying when the following countries first became independent and how independence was achieved.

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Peru
  • Chile
  • Venezuela

Each panel should include:

  • A title / date
  • A detailed description
  • An appropriate graphic

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: South American Independence

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total

Example Timeline

South American Independence by Student
Venezuelan Independence (1811)Venezuelans made a decision to separate from Spain in a statement adopted by a congress of Venezuelan provinces. The goal was to establish a new nation based on the premises of equality of individuals, abolition of censorship, and dedication to freedom of expression. Venezuelans fought a war of independence for several years to uphold its declaration.
Argentine Independence (1816)A revolution occurred in May 1810 that overthrew the Spanish King. The Congress was started in the city of Tucumán, with 33 deputies. The presidency of the Congress was to be rotated monthly. On July 9, 1816, independence was declared after a national vote.
Chilean Independence (1818)Chili declared independence from the Spanish Empire in a document that was drafted by Supreme Director Bernardo O'Higgins on February 12, 1818, at Talca. Independence was made possible by a victory between separatists and royalists in the Chilean War of Independence.
Peruvian Independence (1821)The proclamation of independence by Peru was declared by José de San Martín on July 28, 1821. During the previous decade, battles in Upper Peru, Quito, and Chile between Peruvian royalists and those who fought in favor of independence had finally come to a conclusion.
Brazilian Independence (1822)Independence occured after a series of political events that occurred in 1821-1824. The events involved disputes between Brazil and Portugal regarding the desire for independence declared by the Brazilian Empire. A war ensued for several years between regular forces and militia on both sides.

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Pixton Activity: South America 3 South American Settlements

Instructions

Choose a South American country and design a Poster that identifies the following:

  • Climate
  • Physical characteristics
  • Natural resources
  • Population dynamics

Make sure to include:

  • A title
  • Appropriate graphics
  • A detailed explanation for each topic

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: South American Settlements

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total

Example Poster

Characteristics of Brazil by Student

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