If you're looking to teach your students about the topics of undocumented immigration (also called illegal immigration) then you're in for a bumpy ride. The award winning movie A Better Life (Esp: Una Vida Mejor) is an easy yet meaningful way to introduce students to this complicated theme.
I showed it to my high school students (grades 9-12) in San Diego, California. Many students learned a great deal about what immigration and crossing the boarder really means.
If you haven't seen the movie, you can watch a trailer here.
This movie study packet contains 5 days worth of ready-to-print materials, worksheets, and lesson plans all relating to A Better Life. The materials are provided in English (Spanish version will be up soon!) so that you may use them in the Social Studies or History classroom as well.
--5 lesson plans
--2 (1-page) comprehension worksheets (answer key included)
--1-page true/false comprehension quiz (answer key & explanations included)
--16 slide power point presentation
--2 Possible Extension Activities
--1 page Venn Diagram worksheet
**Note: The actual film is not included
Students Will Learn
--What crossing the US-Mexican boarder really means
--The major plot points of the film A Better Life
--How to measure their learning with a Venn diagram
--The complications and struggles of living as an undocumented migrant