In this lesson, students will deconstruct common myths about immigrants and the process of immigration in the United States. They will also have an opportunity to share their knowledge with the greater community.
“The New Deciders” examines the influence of voters from four demographic groups—black millennials, Arab Americans, Latino Evangelicals and Asian Americans. Viewers will meet political hopefuls, community leaders, activists and church members from Orange County, California, Cleveland, Ohio, Greensboro, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida, all of whom have the opportunity to move the political needle, locally and nationally.
America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, a PBS documentary series produced by the Harlem-based Futuro Media Group, reveals how dramatic changes in the composition and demographics of the United States are playing out across the country.
Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach Social Justice is a series of 14 lessons. Each lesson focuses on a contemporary social justice issue and begins with a basic strategy for interpreting editorial cartoons. In addition, each lesson helps build students’ background knowledge about a particular social justice issue. The objectives in every lesson combine these disciplines to challenge students and promote critical thinking skills. Although lessons may be used in sequence, each can also be used independently.This lesson focuses on an editorial cartoon that uses irony to comment on the April 2010 immigration law passed by Arizona legislature. The law aims to identify immigrants who are in the country illegally, but questions have been raised about how police decide who should be stopped and asked for papers. One criticism is that the law encourages racial profiling. In this lesson, students analyze an editorial cartoon that comments on that law using irony.
This lesson features activities that will make students aware of the roles that undocumented immigrants play in the harvest and processing of food and other necessary products and help them understand the status of and choices that face undocumented workers in our country.
The photo shows an anti-immigration protest on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. People with picket signs are arguing for stricter immigration policies that would make it a felony to be in the United States illegally. In this lesson, you will analyze two photographs, each dealing with a different element of identity. This is part of the Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice series.
The Southern Poverty Law Center published “Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry,” a report that explores and personalizes immigration issues. Based on interviews with 150 undocumented female workers, “Injustice on Our Plates” has an accompanying teacher’s guide that includes seven theme-based lessons. The lessons are designed to encourage students to learn from the women’s first-hand accounts and to consider whether basic human rights are dependent on legal status. “Family Ties” is the fourth of the seven thematic lessons in the “Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry” teacher's guide. In this lesson, students analyze how media reports about undocumented workers shape people’s perceptions. Students analyze mass media to uncover the attitudes and assumptions that shape people’s perceptions and our understanding of important human rights and policy issues.