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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What do you know about Chile?


Chile is in South America

Watching the miners being rescued in Chile? This exciting news story provides an interesting way to learn about government globally and locally.

  • The government in Chile has a President, a Congress and a Constitution. Nationally, the government has 3 branches: executive, legislative and judicial. Mayors lead municipalities (cities and towns) at the local level.
  • Chilean government offices and roles have some similar names. Does this mean the governments in Chile and U.S. are the same?
  • What are some similarities and differences between Chilean and American governments?
  • Do people in Chile vote? If so, when did people get the right to vote? Did everybody get to vote? How does this compare with voting in the US?
  • Does government play a role in the rescue of the miners? How?
  • How is the media covering this event? If this dramatic event had taken place 10 years ago, would media coverage have been different? How?

Chile's Flag
  Bonus question: which US state flag looks similar to the Chilean flag?

Learn more about Chile
Read and watch coverage of the Chile Mine Rescue