This guide may be used as your students watch the documentary "Which Way Home" about child immigrants traveling from Honduras and El Salvador to the board atop freight trains.
There are 30 questions, which you made edit down as you wish. We used these question to practice writing claim statements (answers) in complete sentences.
Perfect for ELLs!
You will need to provide sentence stems to those who need an added layer of differentiation.
The documentary is very moving, but it does contain some bad words, one child chain smoking cigarettes, and scenes of mildly graphic violence and injury (descriptive and visual). Use caution and judge the maturity of your students. It's entirely in Spanish, so this would be great for a Spanish language classroom. However, the questions are in English, so I recommend watching in a Social Studies class or as an additional element to a Literature unit about Immigration.
We are reading a novel called "Return to Sender" which is about the friendship between a American boy and the daughter of the Mexican migrant workers who work on his family's farm.
This made a nice addition to our discussion, and brought a lot of real life relevance to the topic. Many students in American classrooms, particularly in places such as Arizona, have first hand knowledge of immigration, illegal or not. They become very engaged with the film.
Note taking guide during the film
Questions to guide your own lesson planning.