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  • Univ Pathways Public Service Academy
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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My students will be engaging in a six week unit on immigration. Valerie Luiselli's essay, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, will be one of the core texts we will study during our unit. It describes the US-Mexico border and what happens to the unaccompanied Mexican and Central American children arriving in the United States without documentation. Each day, students will read and annotate the texts. Then, they will take detailed rhetorical reading notes, which they will later use to develop their own arguments. We'll study immigration policies, the history of the United States-Mexico border, and the impact these boundaries have had and continue to have on our communities. Since my students are in the 11th and 12th grade, I want them to have the opportunity to read and analyze complex texts that will both inform and challenge them. With access to rigorous texts, they will have examples of exemplary writing and learn to develop their own nuanced arguments in their writing. We will also be reading excerpts from Luis Alberto Urrea's The Devil's Highway, which details the attempt of twenty-six men in 2001 to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, where only twelve survived, and excerpts from Rachel St. John's Line in the Sand, which gives a detailed history of the U.S.-Mexico border. Valerie Luiselli's book, will be the main text we will study, and students will have to juxtapose it with the texts to better understand the impact of border policies and propose solutions to the current immigration policies.

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My students will be engaging in a six week unit on immigration. Valerie Luiselli's essay, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, will be one of the core texts we will study during our unit. It describes the US-Mexico border and what happens to the unaccompanied Mexican and Central American children arriving in the United States without documentation. Each day, students will read and annotate the texts. Then, they will take detailed rhetorical reading notes, which they will later use to develop their own arguments. We'll study immigration policies, the history of the United States-Mexico border, and the impact these boundaries have had and continue to have on our communities. Since my students are in the 11th and 12th grade, I want them to have the opportunity to read and analyze complex texts that will both inform and challenge them. With access to rigorous texts, they will have examples of exemplary writing and learn to develop their own nuanced arguments in their writing. We will also be reading excerpts from Luis Alberto Urrea's The Devil's Highway, which details the attempt of twenty-six men in 2001 to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, where only twelve survived, and excerpts from Rachel St. John's Line in the Sand, which gives a detailed history of the U.S.-Mexico border. Valerie Luiselli's book, will be the main text we will study, and students will have to juxtapose it with the texts to better understand the impact of border policies and propose solutions to the current immigration policies.

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