Lesson Plan

Hidden Histories: Mexican Repatriation During the 1930s

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Mexican Repatriation: the forgotten deportation of American citizens. The resource focuses on the deportation of Mexican American citizens during the Great Depression. Young historians read documents, complete a free-write, and fill out a worksheet to understand the motivation behind the mass deportations. Scholars participate in group discussion and a Socratic seminar to explore the impact on the Mexican American community in the United States. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils research the fate of those deported in the Mexican Repatriation 
  • Compare and contrast the Mexican Repatriation to the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII
Classroom Considerations
  • Part one of a three-part series, Becoming US - Belonging unit
  • Lesson brings attention to an often overlooked historical event 
  • The resource provides all the materials needed to complete the lesson 
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