Lesson Plan

Issues of Unauthorized Immigration

This Issues of Unauthorized Immigration lesson plan also includes:

Unauthorized immigration is a complex and hotly debated topic. Class members read an article that examines the issues that motivate unauthorized immigration. Teams then assume the role of special interest groups and present their stand on unauthorized immigration to a committee that is holding a field hearing on the issue. After listening to the testimonies, committee members must decide which policy should be recommended to the House of Representatives. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups update the information on the Unauthorized Immigrants charts, current travel bans, and the ongoing political debate about immigration policy and sanctuary cities
  • Rather than making individual copies of the seven-page resource, provide class members with a link to the article and have them read the article out of class
Classroom Considerations
  • While statistics in the background article is dated, the issues and concepts presented are still valid
  • The seventh in a series of 11 resources focusing on immigration
  • The resources are designed to be used in order
  • A protocol must be in place for a safe, respectful discussion of this controversial issue
  • The seven page packet includes a lengthy article that details factors that cause unauthorized immigration, discussion questions, and a role play activity
  • No rubric is included for the activity