We stress the importance of knowing about the political parties of the 1930s, their leaders, what they believed and what values and virtues they stood for. We study how these leaders guided Puerto Rico to then compare the political parties and leaders of today. In like manner, we stress the importance of understanding the writers who form the heart and soul of our deepest expression. By understanding the relation between their writing and the political issues of the time period, we can understand how our intellectuals thought and how they transmitted their thoughts, values and virtues to the rest of the population.
Students will analyze the political reaction of writers from the decade of the 1930s at the
prevailing situation in the island.
After reading the relevant chapter, students will create a graphic organizer to identify different political parties that emerged in the first three decades of the twentieth century.
In written form, students will explain the reasons why political parties emerged (i.e. the Coalition, the Alliance, etc.)
Students will analyze the political reaction of our great literary figures like Nemesio Canales, Palés Matos and Llorens Torres, among others.
For the close, the students will recreate the verses of "Canción de las Antillas" as a drawing, cartoon or comic focusing on the virtues of Puerto Rico then and now.
Related Links and Resources
Canción de las Antillas
Colegio Radians - Puerto Rican History Worksheet
Prof. Maria Cristina Alvarez, Librarian