¡Feliz viernes a todos!
I hope you all enjoyed the documentary I featured on WWW last week! This week, in keeping with the themes of immigration and resources to honor and understand Latin American cultural influences and experiences, I am featuring an online source that will serve as a good supplement to the documentary, The Dream is Now. The website is called Lost in Immigrationlandia and it highlights the stories of two young men, Alex and Cristhian, who migrated to the United States from Guatemala and Honduras, respectively. Their stories illustrate the many reasons they left their countries in the first place and tell of the obstacles they faced in getting to the United States. Once they arrived, the stories illustrate how the boys were received in the States and taken to holding cells or detention centers nicknamed “The Freezers.” Continue reading
¡Feliz viernes a todos!
I hope everyone has enjoyed their first few weeks of classes! If your weeks were anything like the normal first few weeks of the school year, it’s probably safe to say they have been busy as ever. Is anyone ready for a movie break? I know I am. This week, I introduce a short documentary that is available as an online resource. It’s just thirty minutes long, but it packs a powerful message. The film is called The Dream is Now and it is about how the broken immigration system in the United States affects the lives of those with the “undocumented” status living in this country. With this resource, I’m building on the themes that Keira elaborated on earlier this week: resources to honor and understand Latin American cultural influences and experiences. Continue reading
This week’s En la Clase continues the conversation we began last week about how to reconsider the ways we teach about Christopher Columbus in the classroom. Today’s post looks at one of my favorite activities: Textbook Detectives. A number of articles in the teaching guide Rethinking Columbus discuss ways to use Textbook Detectives in the classroom. You can find these articles on the following pages of Rethinking Columbus: pp 19-21; 38-40; 47-55; 62-8. (Side note: If you’re a local Albuquerque teacher and don’t have a copy of Rethinking Columbus yet, come to our professional development workshop on September 18th–the first 20 teachers will get a free copy of the book!) These articles all offer references, ideas, and/or resources helpful for this activity. One of the reasons I love this activity so much is because it’s easily adapted both for grade level and content. It can be used with any topic, and certainly isn’t limited just to teaching about Christopher Columbus. It’s great for any unit where you want to encourage your students to develop critical thinking skills and analyze the way a subject is portrayed in various literature. Continue reading