New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_3067
Homes of lower income Mexicans on the plain near Monterey around the 1920s.
Are the people in this photograph rich or poor? How do you know?
What are the houses in this picture made of?
What are some advantages of having a home like these?
What are some disadvantages of having a home like these?
Would you like to live in one of these houses? Why or why not?
Choose a country in the world that is considered to be wealthy. Research what that country has done to fight poverty. Have the same methods for fighting poverty been tried in Mexico? Do you think any of those methods would work in Mexico?
Math: If the population of Mexico in 2006 was 107.5 million, and about half of the population live in poverty, about how many Mexicans live in poverty?
Math: About 18 million Mexicans live on about a dollar a day. If you received a dollar a day and could save half of it to buy a house, how long would it take to save enough money to purchase a house in your neighborhood?
Science: Research the climate and landscape around Monterey, Mexico. What materials do you think are used to build the houses in this photograph? Are the houses suitable to the climate?
English Language Arts: Write a paragraph explaining what you think could be done to reduce poverty in the world.
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Heinrichs, Ann. Mexico (A True Book). Danbury: Children's Press, 1997.
Jermyn, Leslie, and Mary-Jo Reilly. Mexico (Cultures of the World). New York: Benchmark, 2002.