The Central American immigration crisis refers to the surge in unaccompanied children from Central America seeking entrance to the United States. The surge has increased rapidly, doubling in volume each year, reaching crisis proportions in 2014 when tens of thousands of women and children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras migrated to the United States. Many of the children had no parent/legal guardian available to provide care or physical custody and quickly overwhelmed local border patrols.
These lessons examine the arguments concerning the acceptance and deportation of Central Americans in Mexico and the United States. The use of multimedia help teach the concept of the lesson. There is a highlighting exercise for reinforcing the rhetorical triangle. The principal text in the lesson, written by Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, comes from The New York Times Magazine.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. An assessment essay from the 2004 AP English Language essay Question #2 is used which also has links to a rubric and student essay samples. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.
Tags: AP English Language, deportations, Sonia Nazario, argument, Socratic Seminar, immigration, refugees, American Literature, Common Core, non-fiction, inequality, Central America