In December 2016, a bipartisan bill called “The Bridge Act” was introduced in the Senate to extend protections for DACA recipients for three years.
There are several links to videos, interviews, resources for agreeing, disagreeing, or qualifying the argument that The Bridge Act makes. Also included in the resource is a TED Talk on immigration reform, and two different Atlantic Monthly short documentaries for students to view. One documentary follows the journey of an undocumented student towards a green card. The other documentary is about undocumented doctors practicing medicine in the United States. Also featured in the lesson is a New York Times op-ed, “The Truth About Young Immigrants and DACA by Janet Napolitano.
The lesson features an original writing prompt on “The Bridge Act,” in which students will craft an argumentative thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach how to qualify an argument, a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I've made the following revisions to this product: I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, immigration, DACA, dreamers, theme, ELL adaptable material