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[Detail] General view of harbor at San Juan, Porto Rico looking South.

Chronological Thinking: Continuity and Change Over Time

A children's book about Puerto Rico, published in 1900, although making some disparaging remarks about the average Puerto Rican, gives a vivid view of Puerto Rican life and culture. The text examines the flora and fauna of the island in some detail and includes a number of sketches to hold the young reader's interest.
The author, Marian M. George, includes a "Teacher's Supplement" that includes suggestions for an activity centered around a classroom journey to Puerto Rico. Read the "Teacher's Supplement;" using your knowledge of how you have learned about places outside the 50 states, look for evidence of continuity and change in education about other cultures.

  • How is the learning activity described in the "Teacher's Supplement" similar to the ways you have learned about other cultures in your school career?
  • How is the learning activity described in the "Teacher's Supplement" different from the ways you have learned about other cultures in your school career?
  • What hypothesis about continuity and change in education about other cultures might you develop based on this analysis? How could you test your hypothesis?