- What historical circumstances led to the conflict between the Haitians and the Dominicans?
- Why are Haitians marginalized in the Dominican Republic?
- What kind of jobs or work do Haitians usually take on in Dominican Republic?
- What law's expiration led to Haitians foregoing their Dominican nationality?
- What is the Dominican rationale for the issue of Haitian identity?
- How have Haitians reacted to the issue?
- What steps do you think could be taken to solve the conflict?
Introducing the Lesson:
1. Have you heard of the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic? What have you heard and in what context?
2. Listen to your teacher present a short introduction about Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
3. Today's lesson explores the conflict between Haiti and rhe Dominican Republic. Before reading, consider the following:
- Do you think historical issues can damage relations between countries in present circumstances?
- Do you think a country should be allowed to favor particular citizens based on their origins and skin color?
- What role would such a conflict play on the people who are directly affected by it?
1. Show students this map of the Hispaniola island.
2. Create a very short informational presentation (5 minutes) about the history of the two countries, and the context for the constant conflicts between them. You can find information in the article or through the online resources below:
3. Use the images, stories, and photography from the article during the activity and discussion. For example, you can use the story of Kimberly to demonstrate the dilemma of Haitians in the Dominican Republic.