Laborers Measuring Coffee Berries, Chiapas, Mexico, 1927

Essential Question
How does geography influence culture and economy?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain the role of geography in the development of culture and economy.
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Document Description
Laborers measuring coffee berries in the Mexican state of Chiapas, 1927.
  1. What are the people doing in the photograph?
Historical Challenge
Research the labor laws (child labor, retirement age, etc.) in Mexico today. Is there anyone in the photograph who might not be there if the photograph had been taken in the 21st century?
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: Using whole beans and a coffee grinder, find out the average number of beans it takes to make a cup of coffee. Calculate how many coffee beans would be necessary to make enough coffee for all the teachers in the school.
Science: Examine different types of coffee beans. Make observations based on sight, smell, etc.
English Language Arts: Create a poster based on different coffee beans. Write short explanations of how the beans are classified.
  1. Goodwin, William. Mexico (Modern Nations of the World). San Diego: Lucent, 1999.