Activities

Immigration at the Southern Border
Updated:
September 10, 2021
Published:
October 2, 2021
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Introduction Activity

LEARN
In-Class
 10 min

In this activity, students will be asked to find information from each section of the Civil Topic Guide and answer a series of short questions.  Each question corresponds to a section from the Topic Guide on our Civil website.

ACTIVITY WEIGHT

LIGHT / 2

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Case Study Activity

LEARN
In-Class
 15 min

Students will read testimony from a father whose son was separated from him at the Southern Border in accordance with Flores v. Lynch.  Students will then discuss a set of questions designed to understand perspectives on the situation.

ACTIVITY WEIGHT

HEAVY / 4

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Source Analysis Activity

LEARN
In-Class
 1 hour

The purpose of this activity is to examine differences in how two organizations present data related to In Absentia (failure to appear in court) rates between Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) and Asylum seekers. After this activity, your students should have a better understanding of how disparate conclusions can be drawn from the same data set. Why is this important? When reading news articles, academic studies, or watching videos about important political issues, digging deeper into data is necessary because one report may misconstrue what’s actually happening.

ACTIVITY WEIGHT

MODERATE / 3

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Simulation Activity

LEARN
In-Class
 Multi-Day

Students will be broken up into six groups.

ICE Office
Legal Immigrant
Activist for Undocumented Immigrants
Budding Local Politician [Maximum 2 Students]
City Council [Maximum 5 Students, Random Number of Left and Right]
Reporter [Maximum 2 Students]

Instructor will distribute role sheets to the student groups.  Students can communicate with each other to plan out their role and what they will debate.  Only one student of each role will speak.

ACTIVITY WEIGHT

HEAVY / 4

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Media Fluency Activity

LEARN
In-Class
30 min

All good conversations begin with listening. But when topics are sensitive, or we feel passionate about our side, it can be difficult to listen well. This activity will help you with listening techniques and best practices.

ACTIVITY WEIGHT

VERY HEAVY / 5

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Discussion Questions

LEARN
In-Class
30 min

Level one questions are more manageable, while level three questions are more existential and should be worked towards, not necessarily thrown in on the first day.

Questions that are specific to certain circumstances, allowing students to engage in disagreement with a smaller context.

More general questions to engage and explore assumptions and basic premises existing in the classroom.

Big overarching questions designed to evoke philosophical conversation around key concepts from the module.

ACTIVITY WEIGHT

VERY HEAVY / 5

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Thank you for your patience!

- Civil Team

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