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Cuba's Legacy: Unraveling It's History and Revolution

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Janelle Hopkins, M.Ed - World & US History
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Critically analyze how imperialism and foreign intervention have shaped Cuba's history, elevating figures like Batista, Castro, and Che, and profoundly impacting their decisions on Cuba today. Designed as a high school history elective.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Discovering Cuba’s Roots
-Explore Cuba’s pre-Columbian origins, studying diverse ecosystems and early societies like the Taíno and Ciboney peoples. -Investigate Spanish imperialism's impacts from the late 15th century, including technological changes, disease, and cultural shifts. -Despite hardships, analyze indigenous influences on Cuba’s development.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
From Independence to Intervention
-Explore Cuba's historical journey, from its struggle for independence to foreign interventions like the Spanish-American War. -Delve into the Haitian Revolution's impact, shaping regional anti-colonial movements and Cuba's economy. -Identify key figures like Cespedes, Martí, and Machado are highlighted for their roles in pivotal moments.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
From Independence to Intervention
-Explore Cuba's historical journey, from its struggle for independence to foreign interventions like the Spanish-American War. -Delve into the Haitian Revolution's impact, shaping regional anti-colonial movements and Cuba's economy. -Identify key figures like Cespedes, Martí, and Machado are highlighted for their roles in pivotal moments.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Fulgencio Batista: Rise and Fall
-Explore Fidel Castro's evolution from lawyer to Marxist-Leninist leader, delving into his impact on Cuban history and enduring rule. -Analyze his regime's complexities, from revolutionary zeal to authoritarian control, and its implications for Cuban society, politics, and global relations during the Cold War.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Fidel Castro: The Revolutionary Leader
-Explore Fidel Castro's evolution from lawyer to Marxist-Leninist leader, delving into his impact on Cuban history and enduring rule. -Analyze his regime's complexities, from revolutionary zeal to authoritarian control, and its implications for Cuban society, politics, and global relations during the Cold War.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Fidel Castro: The Revolutionary Leader
-Explore Fidel Castro's evolution from lawyer to Marxist-Leninist leader, delving into his impact on Cuban history and enduring rule. -Analyze his regime's complexities, from revolutionary zeal to authoritarian control, and its implications for Cuban society, politics, and global relations during the Cold War.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Che Guevara: Iconic Figure and Revolutionary Ideals
-Explore Che Guevara's pivotal role in the Cuban Revolution, his influence on Fidel Castro's ideals, and his relationships with figures like Cienfuegos and Matos, revealing the complexity of his revolutionary efforts. -Examine Guevara's global legacy as a symbol of guerrilla warfare and social justice, and analyze his enduring appeal and enigmatic persona.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Contemporary Cuba
-Explore contemporary Cuba, analyzing its politics, economy, and culture. -Investigate diverse Cuban perspectives on its revolutionary past and its influence on governance and society. -Examine international relations' impact on Cuba's future amid globalization and internal reform.
This class is taught in English.
  • Understand the Historical Context: Develop an understanding of the historical context of Cuba, including its pre-colonial indigenous cultures, colonial period, and struggle for independence. Examine Key Events: Explore significant events in Cuban history, such as the Cuban Revolution, the Bay of Pigs invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, analyzing their causes, consequences, and impact on Cuban society and global affairs. Explore Revolutionary Figures: Investigate key figures in Cuban history, including Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and José Martí, examining their roles in shaping Cuban society and the revolutionary movement. Analyze Socio-Political Dynamics: Analyze the socio-political dynamics of Cuba, including its governance structures, political ideologies, and relations with other nations, particularly the United States. Examine Socio-Economic Issues: Investigate socio-economic issues in Cuba, such as poverty, inequality, healthcare, education, and the impact of economic sanctions, exploring their historical roots and contemporary manifestations. Critically Evaluate Sources: Develop critical thinking skills by evaluating primary and secondary sources related to Cuban history and revolution, assessing their reliability, bias, and historical significance. Engage in Civil Discourse: Cultivate skills in respectful and informed discourse, fostering an environment where diverse viewpoints can be explored and debated with civility and mutual respect.
In addition to my firsthand experience visiting Cuba,I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Politics. My academic journey included a wide range of courses focusing on various political and historical aspects of civilizations from different time periods and regions around the world. This comprehensive study allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the complexities of past and present societies.

Furthermore, I pursued a Master of Education degree specializing in Secondary Social Sciences, which provided me with advanced knowledge in teaching history, political science, and related subjects. I obtained certification from the state of Alabama, qualifying me to teach social sciences to students in grades 7-12.

Over the course of my teaching career, I have gained extensive experience instructing students in US and World history; dedicated to delivering engaging and informative lessons in these subjects. Additionally, I have conducted extensive research in both history and politics for over 20+ years, allowing me to stay informed and up-to-date with the latest developments in these fields.

My educational background, teaching experience, and research expertise have equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide students with a comprehensive and engaging learning experience. I am committed to fostering a deeper understanding of historical events and political dynamics while encouraging critical thinking and a passion for learning in my learners.
Homework Offered
Optional assignments, such as case studies based on specific events or figures in Cuban history, will be offered. Learners will analyze primary sources, historical documents, and scholarly interpretations to understand the context and implications of various historical events in Cuban history.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessments can be conducted upon request and throughout the course to evaluate learner progress and understanding. These assessments will primarily rely on learners' contributions in weekly examples and discussions. The purpose of assessments and/or grades is to offer feedback on student learning and measure their achievement. Active participation in assessments is vital for learners to gauge their progress and identify areas for improvement.
Grades Offered
Upon request feedback, numerical and/or letter grades will be provided. Parents and learners are strongly encouraged to reach out about their preferred method of grading before the class begins. This ensures that the assessment methods align with the educational goals and preferences of each learner and family.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Pen/Pencil: Essential tools for note-taking, completing assignments, and engaging in activities. Printer: Access to a printer is required for printing out resources provided by the teacher or accessing digital documents.
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The study of the Cuban Revolution delves into historically sensitive topics, including war, slavery, mass executions, mass imprisonments, widespread theft, and exile. These subjects require careful handling and consideration when presenting them to learners.

As an educator, I am committed to presenting this content in an age-appropriate manner and providing proper context. I strive to create a learning environment that fosters understanding and critical thinking while respecting the sensitivity of the topics discussed. By approaching these subjects with sensitivity and thoughtfulness, learners can engage with the material in a meaningful and responsible way.
Cuba Libre!: Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution That Changed World History by Tony Perrottet 
Cuba: From Columbus to Castro and Beyond by Jaime Suchlicki 
A History of the World by Andrew Marr
Heroes, Martyrs, and Political Messiahs in Revolutionary Cuba, 1946-1958 by Lillian Guerra
The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered (Envisioning Cuba) by Samuel Farber 
Voices from Mariel: Oral Histories of the 1980 Cuban Boatlift by José Manuel García 
Global Media Outlets & Publishers
New Literacy Project
Various Fact Checkers
Multiple Peer-Reviewed Journals
International Organizations Reports & Summaries
Primary and secondary sources encompassing texts, writings, and works authored by notable figures throughout Cuban history.
Joined June, 2020
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Alabama Teaching Certificate - Social Studies/History
Master's Degree in Education
Hey y'all! I'm Janelle, your not-so-average History teacher. I believe in making learning hands-on and engaging for my middle school students. Why is hands-on learning important for middle schoolers, you ask? Well, the simple answer is that middle... 
Group Class

$129

for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
45 min

Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
4-10 learners per class

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