Map of Nicaragua
This is a short activity designed to help you get better acquainted
with Nicaragua and the main issues involving the Sandinista Revolution.
Rather than tell you what these are, it makes more sense for you
to discover them for yourselves.
Here are the steps
- Gather your teammates together. It's recommended that you have
up to six individuals or 12 people working in pairs (mostly this
will depend on the people in your class and the number of networked
computers you have available).
- Have each person or pair choose one of the eight links below
The task is to become acquainted with three things:
- What do you know about the country of Nicaragua?
(through brief historical, cultual, political overviews)
- What are some of the different attitudes toward the history
of the Nicaraguan Sandinista Revolution?
(through political commentaries)
- What is happening in Nicaraguan politics today?
(through exploring sources for current events)
- Give yourselves 30 minutes of online reading, surfing, and
thinking time to explore the link.
- As you're reading, consider the source of the information (any
reason to doubt the truth of what you're
- After 30 minutes rejoin your teammates.
- Each person (or pair) should share the main issues that were
discovered relating to Nicaragua.
- Then, as a group cluster the most important issues related
to "What's going on in Nicaragua today?"
- When you've finished clustering, you're ready to return to
These links will help you prepare for your trip and offer an orientation
into Nicaraguan political history. In particualr, think about how they
describe the Sandinista Party and U.S. intervention in Nicaragua. While
reading ask yourselves, what are the authors attitudes and who is their
Links provided by the Latin American Network Information Center
World Fact Book CIA World Book
These links provide commentaries made about how to interpret the political
history of Nicaragua. What is the author's opinion? What are the main
issues that led to the Sandinista Revolution?
from the Expressions of Nicaragua Website,written by Claudia von Vacano,
Stanford University Center for Latin American Studies
How has the revolution affected Nicaraguans living in Nicaragua today?
How do these press sources view the Sandinistas?
La Prensa Nicaraguan daily newspaper
News from the Resource Center of the Americas