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Lesson 1: Spanish Exploration of Florida

Samantha Cook, Bloomingdale High School, School District of Hillsborough County

Using Garner’s multiple intelligence learning theory, the Teachers Curriculum Institute’s visual discovery strategies, and CRISS reading strategies, students will become familiar with the exploration of Florida by Juan Ponce de León.

Lesson 2: Tampa’s Cuban Sandwich

Samantha Cook, Bloomingdale High School, School District of Hillsborough County

Some historians maintain that the Cuban sandwich has more to do with Tampa than with Havana. In this lesson, students will learn how, with the input of several immigrant groups in Tampa, the “mixto” became the iconic Cuban sandwich.

Lesson 3: Ybor City, “Cigar City of the World”

Samantha Cook, Bloomingdale High School, School District of Hillsborough County

After it was established and continued to thrive, Ybor city was a multiethnic, multiracial, industrial community unlike any other in Florida at the time. This lesson explores the city’s unique history, with special emphasis on the Cuban community that settled there.

Lesson 4: Ybor City - The Cuban Club

Samantha Cook, Bloomingdale High School, School District of Hillsborough County

The purpose of this unit is to make students aware of the rich history of not only Florida but of our own Ybor City. Ybor city was a multiethnic, multiracial, industrial community unlike any other in Florida at the time. Each lesson will be geared towards a specific topic but will incorporate Ybor City’s unique multi-cultural heritage with a focus on the Cubans.

Lesson 5: “İHuelga!” (Strike!)

Bárbara C. Cruz, University of South Folrida

Labor unions, workers’ rights, strikes, and boycotts all figure prominently Ybor City’s cigar manufacturing history. The strike of 1920-1921 serves as the focus of this lesson, shedding light on this important industry to Florida’s economy.

Lesson 6: Mapping the Spanish American War

Mario J. Minichino, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

The proximity of Tampa and Key West, Florida to the island of Cuba, and how their geographic locations played a major part in the Spanish American War. In this lesson, students will transfer/combine historical data from different sources to create a representative map, developing a deeper understanding of the connections between Tampa and Cuba and practicing their mapping skills.

(This lesson plan is designed for two days or can be used for a block schedule)

Lesson 7: Wet Feet, Dry Feet

Kelly Stalnaker, University of South Florida, School District of Hillsborough County

This lesson covers US immigration policies toward Cuba. It covers the “Wet Feet, Dry Feet” policy and the controversy surrounding the policy. Lesson Essential Question: What obligations does the US Government have, if any, to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States?

Lesson 8: Spanish Missions in Florida

Elizabeth Rasmussen, Fort Meade Middle Senior High School, School District of Polk County

The purpose of this lesson is for students to use maps and reading passages in order to learn about the influence of the Spanish mission system on Florida. The Spanish Mission system was influential to the establishment of formal political systems in Florida.

Lesson 9: 16th Century Spain in the New World- The Guale Rebellion

Alexander Vidal, University of South Florida, College of Education

When thinking about the Spanish exploration and colonization of the New World, one tends to visualize images of conquistadors waging war and triumphing over Native Americans. However, the Spanish also tried another approach of dealing with the indigenous peoples by converting them to Catholicism, a policy and program that was not always successful.