Presentation on theme: "Cultural Characteristics"— Presentation transcript:
1 Cultural Characteristics Latin AmericaCultural CharacteristicsGPS SS6G4a, b, cDescribe the blending of ethnic groups, why Portuguese & Spanish are the main languages, and how literacy affects the standard of living
2 E.Q.How did European culture affect Latin America?
3 Define Vocabulary (p. 3)MulattoMestizoLiteracyStandard of Living
4 Blending of Ethnic Groups 3 main racesNative Americans (original group)Europeans (arrived 16th & 17th centuries, forced Native Americans to work as slaves –diseases killed many)Africans (brought by Europeans as slaves to replace Native Americans)Intermarriage created blending of cultures
5 Religion Mostly Roman Catholic Blended with Native American and African beliefsExamplesSanteria (Cuba)Day of the Dead (Mexico)
6 Problem Europeans often get best jobs, education, and health care Other groups demand equality
7 LanguagesSpanish & Portuguese had colonies in the Americas & spread their languagesCalled “Latin America” because mostly “Latin” languages – covers Central & south America + Caribbean
8 Literacy & Standard of Living 89% in Latin America & Caribbean are literateStandard of living is often higher in countries where literacy rate is highSome countries believe it is more important for boys to get an education than girlsPoor are often illiterate because their communities can’t pay for teachers and schoolsCycle of poverty – can’t afford education, so only get low paying job. Can’t afford kids’ education…What are you doing with your FREE education?
9 CRCT Test Prep Reading maps and graphs Work with a partner P. 35 questions 61-64P. 38 questions 69-72Due 15 minutes before end of period – checked and corrected!
10 Summary: Discuss with a partner and answer in paragraph form – ticket out the door – both partners’ names on one paperHow did European culture affect Latin America?