This lesson is based on my own personal experience as a participant on a USA-Mexico border tour project organized by Rethinking Schools & Global Exchange that provided first-hand experience and knowledge concerning the effects of U.S. foreign policy, such as NAFTA, on the lives of ordinary people who reside in the Tijuana area. This lesson will invite students to critically explore the complex ways in which NAFTA has impacted different groups of people in the United States and Mexico. Students will be encouraged to delve far beyond the mainstream explanations of why people are attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, and will examine the underlying factors which intimately tie itself to Mexico's agricultural economy. A 44-slide Power-Point full of colorful images, intertwined with problem posing questions, discussion and writing topics, and engaging activities, will likely prompt student's perception of the U.S- Mexico border to be challenged, transformed, or altered.
• One 44-slide Power-Point
• Detailed Lesson Plan
• Printable Handouts:
1) Handout #1- Power-Point Questions
2) Handout #2- The U.S.-Mexico Border Puzzle Pieces
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