“Walling Out the Unwanted”: Understanding the Barriers that Perpetuate Anti-Immigrant Bias

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As part of a study of immigrant bias, high schoolers investigate the language used in blogs, readings, media reports, and current legislation whose language perpetuates xenophobia. They then consider ways they can get involved in creating changes to these biases.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • The media samples are dated with the most recent from 2016; update the resources to provide a more current vision of the issues
  • Have class members investigate their family's or host family's immigration story
Classroom Considerations
  • Third of three lessons in the series
  • Requires projection equipment for the video and copies of multiple handouts
  • A protocol must be in place to permit a safe, respectful discussion of immigration issues
Pros
  • The 21-page packet includes a detailed, step-by-step lesson plan, a list of facts about the wall, discussion questions, and a variety of primary source materials for participants to analyze
Cons
  • None