Immigration

January 9, 2019

Students discuss President Trump’s prime-time speech about border security on January 8, 2019, and examine whether the facts back up his statements.

December 15, 2018

Many Americans believe that immigrants, especially illegal immigrants, are more likely to commit crimes than people born in the U.S. In fact, crime rates among immigrants are much lower than among native-born Americans. 

In this activity, students work in small groups to analyze charts containing...

August 13, 2018

Students build empathy for refugees and immigrants by learning about the experiences of some of the families separated at the southern border of the U.S in 2018. Then, students hear a poem and write their own imaginative poems to convey their learning.

September 11, 2017

In this activity, students watch a video about responses to the Trump administration’s decision to roll back this Obama–era program, which has allowed young undocumented  immigrants to stay in the country. Students then read and discuss a variety of opinions about the decision.  

February 7, 2017

Students explore two forms of nonviolent protest, strikes and boycotts, using as case studies the strike by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and the #DeleteUber campaign, both in response to an immigration ban imposed by President Trump.  

February 5, 2017

Students learn about and discuss the U.S.'s existing policy for vetting refugees and what happened to refugees after President Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending the U.S. refugee program.  

February 3, 2017

This lesson explores Trump's immigration ban and the protests and other actions that followed using photos, tweets, and headlines.   

February 1, 2017

Through roleplays and small group work, students consider erroneous claims about immigration and learn facts to counter them.  

January 31, 2017

Students learn and talk about Trump’s immigration ban and the reaction to it, and discuss the stories of people who have been directly affected.   

January 29, 2017

Our country is roiling over whether we welcome the refugees and immigrants who arrive at our door. The following activity may help open up discussion of this sensitive issue in your classroom. It invites students’ empathy and understanding by helping them to connect their own family's story to the...