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On July 19, 2019

Bell Ringer: The Political Status of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

What is Puerto Rico?

This clip discusses the history, current status, and possible future for the Commonwealth.


This bellringer focuses on the history of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, along with its current status and possible options for its future.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • According to the speaker, why was the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico formed?
  • What rights/power do the people of Puerto Rico have? What rights do they not have?
  • Based on the clip, what are the possible options for the future for Puerto Rico? Which do you think is most likely to occur, and why?

Additional Resources



    • Citizenship
    • Commonwealth
    • Cultural Nationalism
    • Disfranchisement
    • Incarceration
    • Independence
    • Invade
    • Mainland
    • Spanish- American War
    • Statehood


    Federalism and State IssuesState HistoryU.S. History


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