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  • Grades 9-10

Love Child: Asylum Policy and U.S. Law


Read an account from a refugee from another time and place (e.g., WWII Germany, 19th century Ireland, 1970s Chile, 1950s Cuba, modern-day Syria or Myanmar). Compare and contrast with the story in Love Child.

Create a timeline of changes in immigration policy in the U.S. When and why was the U.S. welcoming of immigrants or refugees? Under what circumstances has it closed its border?

Interview refugees who have settled in your community, and if they are willing, help them share their story.

Research Iranian political history and make contemporary connections.

Discuss the rise of nation-states and what people lose when they become stateless (i.e., what are the benefits of citizenship)? Explore how the disadvantages of statelessness apply to a population such as young people who qualify for DACA.

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.