- Intermediate (Levels 2-4), Novice (Levels 1-2)
- Google Drive
- 22 Pages
When Fidel Castro died, many Cubans and Cuban Americans cried tears of relief; others cried tears of sadness. In spite of the undeniable human rights violations committed by his regime, he left all who call Cuba home with a range of emotions.
This resource is a 22 page projectable slideshow reading in Spanish with images that presents Fidel Castro's mixed legacy. It presents a very brief introduction to his rise to power and then presents some of the reasons that people left Cuba and hated Castro (limited liberties, ration system, etc.) and some of the reasons that people stayed and revered Castro (free education, healthcare for all, stable society). The story is written in simple Spanish and should be understandable to students by the middle/end of Spanish 1 (depending on how your curriculum is structured). Students in Spanish 2 should be able to understand it with ease, regardless of the curriculum they have been using.
It is impossible to understand the complexity of who Castro was and what he meant to the Cuban people, both in Cuba and abroad, with a single lesson. The goal of this reading is to show students (especially students living in the United States) that the story that is told in history books is true: Castro was oppressive and destroyed the lives of many Cubans. However, there is another side to the story, and many Cubans are mourning his death as they would the death of a family member. This reading is an opportunity to show your students that there are always at least two perspectives to an event, and it is important that we consider both as we try to understand the event. Putting ourselves in the shoes of someone else means examining all the perspectives that influence their experience.