Lesson 1 (from Preface)
The objective of this lesson is to understand the setting for Friere's ideas, that of revolutionary Brazil.
Class Discussion: Where is Brazil? What job did Paolo perform there? What do we know of the Vargas Era of Brazil?
Activity: As a teacher inside Brazil, the author’s early experiences growing up in the dictatorial vargas era Brazil probably informed much of his later thinking, seeing as he did egalitarian and socialist ideals corrupted into a totalitarian regime. Ask the class to separate into small groups and prepare a presentation on the topic of 'revolutionary Brazil.' Answer the questions; Who was Vargas? What did his party stand for? What changes did he bring about? How did his regime change to the Republic of 46?
Assignment: Ask the students to investigate the different living conditions that Paolo might have lived through growing up poor as he did...
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