Geography Now! Nicaragua

The volcano is perhaps the best symbol for the country of Nicaragua. It's beautiful, but a bit unstable. A video resource profiles the Central American nation, which is the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Highlights include discussion of its diverse peoples, lush landscapes, and economic and political challenges. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to profile the countries of Central America
Classroom Considerations
  • Video is part of a comprehensive geography playlist of the world's countries
  • Strong language—although bleeped out—may be inappropriate for some learners
Pros
  • Script is funny and hosts engaging
  • Native Nicaraguans demonstrate language and culture
  • Graphics and maps show features of the land
Cons
  • Ad interrupts streaming
  • Video fails to mention notable historical events involving American policy, such as the Iran-Contra Affair