Sunday, July 26, 2015

Poetry, Geography, and Writing: Chile

Valparaiso, Chile. Photo credit: Paula Soler-Moya
Geography Warmup

Do exercises 53-56 in World Geography Daily Skill Builders

Map Warmup

Fill in all the countries on the map of Central and South America.

Six Things to Know About Chile

1. Three sections of Chile:
     Continental Chile
     Insular Chile
     Antarctic Chile

2. Easter Island
     Moai are human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on the Chilean Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500 CE. Tie back to Olmec heads.
     Image 1  Image 2  Image 3

3. Antarctica (image of Iceberg in Paradise Harbor)
     Antarctic Treaty 1959: The main objective of the ATS is to ensure in the interests of all humankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord. Pursuant to Article 1, the treaty forbids any measures of a military nature, but not the presence of military personnel or equipment for the purposes of scientific research.

4. Andes Mountains Image 1 Image 2

5. Santiago

6. Pinochet was a dictator who ruled Chile from 1973-1990. Pinochet, among other horrific things, possibly murdered Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, which leads us to...


I Like For You To Be Still by Pablo Neruda

This link takes you to a site that is pretty hokey-looking. However, it shows the poem in Spanish and English with a video embedded of Glenn Close reading it. Neruda is known for his love poetry. Embrace the hearts. This poem actually caused us to disagree over its meaning and led to a good discussion.


Time: 20 Minutes
Length: 1 page

Think back to the beautiful images of mountains and lakes and rivers we've been looking at, and also the interesting archaeological and historical sites. Also recall those videos we watched, and our discussion of what makes a country seem attractive to tourists. Write a one page personal essay about what makes you feel interested in a trip abroad. Are you more drawn to beautiful natural wonders, like the Grand Canyon or the beach? Or are you motivated by human artifacts, like museums and famous buildings? There is no right or wrong answer, but do engage in a little introspection before you begin writing, and try to use examples from the places we've studied. For example, you may talk about Belize and say whether you'd be more interested in the Mayan ruins or the beautiful beaches.

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