Lee Hochberg’s remarkable video report of high school students confronting head-on the issue of “undocumented students” provides a frank and engaging introduction for class discussion of current immigration issues.Additional resources on immigration issues:
Immigration Issue Guide from Public Agenda
FinAid: Financial Aid and Scholarships for Undocumented Students
Yahoo Portal of immigration updates and news reports
Center for Immigration Studies
About.com: Immigration issues Lesson Plans
The ‘Choicework’ discussion guide from Public Agenda can help structure and facilitate class participation. Several different points of view are clearly presented with pros and cons. Students are encouraged to discuss, mix and match different perspectives, add their own points, but ultimately choose only one position to support, while honestly acknowledging its drawbacks. As Public Agenda says, “each choice offers a distinctive diagnosis of the issue, and each leads to a distinctive prescription.”
for teachers, homework help for students
NewsHour Lesson Plans:
Immigration reform — understanding the issue from different points of view
Immigration 2004: Issues for the Presidential Election and a sample election and a sample Department of Justice Naturalization Test - Can you pass?
In Tuition Aid Rules, Immigration Debate Meets Reality
Immigration Debate Resonates Throughout U.S.