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  • Grades 9-10

Humanizing Immigrant Stories


Craft one or more of the student dialogues into a short play and perform it.

Research and share family and/or community oral histories from people who emigrated to the U.S.

Compare/contrast work from the lesson with at least three different mainstream media depictions of immigrants.

Read a literary version of an immigrant story (e.g., Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers, Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, Victor Villasenor's Rain of Gold, or one of the titles from POV's Delve Deeper Reading List for Voices of the Sea).

Assign students to investigate the legal difference between "immigrant" and "refugee." Write position papers on current U.S. policy on admission of each group.

Engage in a more in-depth examination of Cuba's history.

About the authors

Faith Rogow

Faith Rogow, Ph.D., is the co-author of The Teacher's Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World (Corwin, 2012) and past president of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. She has written discussion guides and lesson plans for more than 250 independent films.