Immigration in the United States: A Collaborative Reasoning, Critical Reading and Debate Experience

In this lesson students will read about the current political arguments in the U.S. to prepare for a Collaborative Reasoning discussion. The Big Discussion Question: Should we make it easier or harder for Mexicans to immigrate to the United States? Students will purposefully read to find reasons on both sides of the immigration issue while taking notes on a T-chart to justify their oral response to the Big Question when engaged in the CR discussion.
Created By: Jennifer Kraemer, Fairview High School

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Immigration: A Gallery Walk Through Immigration to the U.S., Turn of the 20th Century

In this lesson students will view Newspaper articles, photos, cartoons, and maps displayed at each gallery station bring the period of around 1900 alive for each of 6 immigrant groups that came to the U.S. By using primary and secondary sources, students will be able to see and experience immigration and the immigrant experience and relate it to their own lives. Using a graphic organizer allows students to analyze what they are looking at and be able to sort out important information as well as helping with content comprehension.

By Jennifer Kraemer, Fairview High School

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Introducing Latino History in Boulder County with Mini-Lessons

In this lesson students will look get an introductory look at Latino History in Boulder County. Lesson One introduces key vocabulary needed to understand and analyze Latino history in Boulder County. Lesson Two is a teacher-directed activity that guides students through an analysis of primary source images. Lesson Three asks students to identify and mark key locations in Boulder County on a map. Lesson Four asks students to look closely at a primary text for details and ideas that are important or relevant to them and create a found poem. These lessons can be done in a rotation of learning stations or can be used individually.

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La Familia (a Spanish language lesson)

In this lesson students will use Boulder County Latino History Project interview and photo to practice family-related vocabulary and learn about a local Latino family and one Latina’s experiences growing up in Boulder County. La familia can be used over several classes to 1) learn/review family vocabulary, 2) to compare/contrast specific aspects of family with students’ own experiences.
[NOTE: Many mini-lessons around family and other vocabulary/structures can be introduced throughout the year and related to local Latino history: describing family, family and work/play, family and clothing, family and education, family and fighting discrimination. This can also be used in conjunction with cultural reading about Latino families that often is part of Spanish textbook series.]

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La Raza: Who Am I? Where Am I From? Exploring Latino History in Colorado and Boulder County with English Language Learner Students

In this lesson students will study the following inquiry questions, Who are you? What made you? Research and present three topics of interest from your/the past using La Raza videos and make connections with Boulder County Latino History. Beginning of the school year unit to get to know long term English Language Learner [ELL] students and have them get to know themselves.

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Labor Strife in Colorado: Comparing the Ludlow Massacre and the Columbine Mine Strike

In this lesson students will get a sense of Industrialization in America in the early 20th century. They will describe similarities and differences between the miners strike in Ludlow Colorado (1914) and the miners strike in Lafayette Colorado (1927). It can also be adapted to the Progressive Era. Students should come away with an understanding of labor, capital, and the emergence of labor unions as forces in American History.
Created By: Michael Codrey, New Vista High School

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Latino Farmworkers Past and Present

In this lesson students compare and contrast Latino farmworkers lives and their artifacts in the past and present using the BCLHP (Boulder County Latino History Project) primary resources.

Students learn about farmworker roles in and contributions to society. Students write a short paragraph about farmworkers, their differences and similarities in the past and present. Students also share an experience of someone they know who is currently a farmworker.

Created By: Alma Fernandez Araujo, Indian Peaks Elementary School 

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Latino History Matters: Making a Podcast

This unit has two overarching goals: first, for students to learn to use primary sources to make an argument about a particular historical event; second, for students to learn more about the history of their community. Students will work in teams of two to three to create a podcast that serves to inform their classmates about a specific aspect of Latino experience in Boulder County during a particular time period. Beyond providing information, the students will focus on using one specific rhetorical appeal (ethos, logos, pathos) in their podcast in a way that will be recognizable to their audience.

  • This lesson can be tweaked for different grade levels and contexts. For instance, the teacher may choose to limit the topic choices in order to make connections to a specific novel/unit of study. Upper-level teachers might choose to incorporate additional rhetorical devices into the project. In other cases, teachers may choose to focus on storytelling instead of argument.

Created By: Jamie Neufeld, Silver Creek High School 

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