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Just What is Executive Action? A Lesson From the Principal’s Desk

Much has been made of the president’s use of executive action in order to carry out the nation’s laws. It is a vague term that puzzles many in the media and raises large questions. Is it legal? Is it an abuse of power? Is it constitutional? Has it been used by Democratic and Republican presidents alike?

As suggested by the title, “Just What is Executive Action? A Lesson from the Principal’s Desk” students will apply inductive reasoning skills about individual school policies that are determined by the principal in order to understand what execution action is and its limitations. Students will apply their knowledge of school policy in order to define executive action in their own words as well as to read the media for accuracy and bias. An extension of this activity is also available for students to closely read a report Executive Grants of Temporary Immigration Relief, 1956-Present published by the Immigration Policy Center.

For lesson procedures, Common Core standards alignment, please click here.

Year Released: 2014

9-12

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The First American Settlers and the First Thanksgiving

Learn and discuss the myths and facts surrounding the first Thanksgiving and the first immigrants by engaging students in a thought-provoking and humorous read-aloud that challenges them to identify dominant and resistant readings of this national holiday.

For lesson procedures, Common Core standards alignment, please click here.

Year Released: 2014

3-5

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Public Education for All? Lessons From Plyler v. Doe

Today’s debate about immigration’s effects in public schools raises important questions of access, citizenship, legality, and fairness. 

In this lesson, students will explore personal beliefs about immigration and education, and then do a close reading of an article about the landmark Plyler v. Doe Supreme Court decision.   Lastly, students will read the Joint “Dear Colleagues” Letter sent by the US Department of Education and US Department of Justice in May 2011 to school administrators reminding them of the court’s historical stance on ensuring public education for all.  Using this knowledge, students will then have an opportunity to respond in email to a scenario where public education for all is threatened.

For lesson procedures, Common Core and NCSS standards alignment, please click here.

Year Released: 2014

9-12

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Interactive Immigration Timeline

Students will understand key government legislation on immigration in order to explore the historical tensions between welcoming and barring immigrant groups by engaging in an interactive immigration timeline scavenger hunt.

To access the lesson, you will need student computers with Internet capability.

For lesson procedures and standards alignment please click here.

Year Released: 2014

5-7

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Famous Immigrant Contributions

Use this slideshow presentation and writing activity to help students challenge perceptions of immigrant contributions and to explore how the US benefits as being a culturally rich nation.

To access the lesson, you will need PowerPoint and audio/visual equipment.

For lesson procedures and standards allignment, please click here.

 

Year Released: 2014

5-7

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"Jeopardy Like" Immigrant Experience Game

This interactive activity will entertain your classroom and get your students thinking about US immigration history, policy, and experiences.

To access this lesson, you will need PowerPoint and audio/visual equipment.

For lesson procedures and standards allignment, please click here.

Year Released: 2014

5-7

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Immigration Policy Brief

Professor Mindelyn Buford II, from Northeastern University in Boston, has partnered with American Immigration Council by sharing some of her best practices and practical lesson plans for preparing high school and university level students to understand how policy is shaped and how the issue of immigration can be approached in classroom and the community at large. 

Here are some excellent examples of policy briefs by students this year in Dr. Buford's class:

2nd Generation Haitians in the Boston Court System by Alexandra Parente

Improving Education Opportunities for 2nd Generation Dominicans by James Lothrop

Second Generation Colombian Immigrants and Healthcare by Ivana Freitas

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Immigration Past, Present, and Future

Educator Katrien Vance as part of the Community Connections Grants created a curriculum that investigates the waves of immigration and has students look at current issues of immigration by reading articles and interviewing members of their community who immigrated.  The lessons look at the past, present and future and have students use multimedia and programs like econgress to communicate with decision makers.

To see the full lesson plan and resources view the links below:

Past

Present

Future

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Immigrants VS Refugees

Immigrants VS Refugees was created to leave students with a clear idea of what the legal distinction between an immigrant and a refugee is, and to provoke critical thought about whether this distinction is clear-cut, meaningful and/or useful. Students will develop critical thinking skills as well as obtain factual information on the distinction between immigrants and refugees.

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Wagner-Rogers Bill Debate

The Wagner-Rogers Bill - Debate lesson allows students to develop and hear the arguments for and against the Wagner-Rogers bill by taking part in a mock Congressional debate on the bill. Students are encouraged to develop and listen to persuasive testimony and speeches, and to come up with creative strategies to change the legislation in ways in which it might be more acceptable.

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