In this chapter students read about the countries of Central
America and the West Indies. Puerto Rico is the easternmost
of the islands of the Greater Antilles. While it is part of
the culture region of Latin America, politically it is part
of the United States. So many Puerto Ricans have immigrated
to the United States that more live in the continental U.S.
than on the island itself.
Students will visit a general site about Puerto Rico. They
will look up some interesting facts about Puerto Rico and
then write a letter to the U.S. Congress expressing an opinion
about the future status of the island.
- The student will be able to research specific information
about Puerto Rico.
- The student will write a persuasive letter regarding the
future status of Puerto Rico.
Student Web Activity Answers
- 18.15ºN, 66.30ºW
- the coqui, a tiny frog found everywhere on the island
of Puerto Rico
- Puerto Rico is one of the most densely populated islands
in the world, with over 1,100 people per square mile.
- Puerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth of the United
States. Its chief of state is the president of the United
States, and the head of government is a governor elected
by the people of Puerto Rico to 4-year terms.
- Students' letters will vary.
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