Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Our Most Popular Resources of 2015

As we look back at 2015 and spotlight our most popular education blogs, newsletters, and lessons, it is abundantly clear; the need to teach about immigration critically and factually is in high demand.

As you may know, the American Immigration Council is a non-profit organization and we rely greatly on the support of our constituents to fund the work we do.


We look forward to empowering teachers like you to help students think critically and creatively about immigration through lesson plans, professional development, creative writing contest, and teacher grants and we hope the value you see in our work is worth your monthly support or one-time gift.

Now, without further ado, our most popular resources of 2015!

Top 5 Blogs

  •  Interpreting César Chávez’s Legacy with Students – We offer several ways educators of all levels can teach about César Chávez’s life and legacy with students including with our bilingual lesson plan which encourages students to read Chavez’s own recollections of his adolescence as a migrant farm worker and interpret how that influenced his later achievements.


Top 5 Newsletters

Top 5 Lesson Plans
  •  Crossing Borders with Digital Storytelling – Using digital storytelling to capture immigration stories is a powerful way for teachers to create opportunities for “empathetic moments” among students and shape classroom environments.
  • Immigration Status Privilege Walk ­– Students engage in an interactive activity and learn the ‘benefits’ and ‘limitations’ conferred by a fictional immigration status.
  • Migrant Workers Social Justice Project In a service-learning project, students brought awareness and assistance to migrant farm workers as a result of our community grant awarded to Delia Lancaster, a teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Palm Bay, Florida. Use this lesson plan to create a similar service-learning initiative in your community.
  • The First American Settlers and the First Thanksgiving – Bookmark this lesson for next year as students learn and discuss the myths and facts surrounding the first Thanksgiving and the first immigrants and identify dominant and resistant readings of this national holiday.


We’d love to hear how you’ve used our resources (you can send us an email) and we hope many of you are inspired to use them in 2016!  We will continue to push out new materials so you can teach about immigration past and present with students of all ages.

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