Lesson Plans – Migrant Rights

Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy (BRIDGE)
Source: The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, 2004
Lessons on immigration, labor, and organizing. See also: Building Immigrant Community Power Through Legislative Advocacy: A free downloadable workshop on taking action for immigration rights.
Grade Level: high school – adult
Subject area: social studies, community service


Cesar Chavez Curriculum Guide: A Month of Service: Si Se Puede

Source: Chicago Public Schools, 2006
Service Learning Curriculum with classroom lessons on the migrant rights movement, including a link to Martin Luther King, and service-learning ideas for follow-up actions.
Grade Level: high school
Subject area: social studies, service learning


Children of Migrant Workers: Exploring the Issues
Source: Social Studies and the Young Learner 19 (2), 2006
National Council for the Social Studies article with resource reviews and strategies for teaching about migrant workers and their families.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject area: social studies


The Economics of Risk
Source: Teaching Tolerance
Students identify and weigh risks and potential benefits that women consider when deciding to come to the US without legal documents.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject area: social studies, women’s studies


Huddled Mass Or Second Class? Challenging Anti-Immigrant Bias in the U.S.
Source: Anti-Defamation League, 2009
Three lesson plans, each for a different grade level that explore the immigration experience, myths about immigrants and migrants, anti-immigration bias.
Grade Level: elementary – high school
Subject area: social studies, current events


Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry
Source: Teaching Tolerance
Curriculum based on interviews with Central American women, this report puts faces on, brings facts to the conversation about immigration, and asks questions like these: What is our immigration policy?, How well does it match the needs of American food producers?, How are the lives of these workers and their families affected by immigration policy and the conditions under which they labor?, Do Americans benefit from the labor of these women, and are they being treated fairly?
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject area:  social studies, women’s studies


The Line Between Us: Teaching about the Border and Mexican Immigration
Source: Rethinking Schools, 2006
Curriculum exploring the history of U.S-Mexican relations and the roots of Mexican immigration, all in the context of the global economy.
Subject area: social studies
Grade Level: high school


Lucas Benitez
Source: Speak Truth to Power Curriculum, RFK Center
Activities featuring Lucas Benitez’s work for the rights of migrant workers.
Grade Level: high school
Subject area: social studies, economics


Recognizing the Undocumented
Source: Teaching Tolerance, 2006
Activities that focus on the roles that undocumented immigrants play in the harvest and processing of food, help students understand the status of and choices that face undocumented workers and appreciate the importance of human rights.
Subject area: social studies, math, technology
Grade Level: high school


Rights of Migrants Toolkit
Source: Advocates for Human Rights
Multi-faceted educational tools on the rights of migrants in the United States with background information, lesson plans, action opportunities, and resources.
Grade Level: middle school – adult
Subject area: social studies, current events


Understanding Migration: Curriculum Resources for the Classroom
Source: Hemispheres, the international outreach consortium at the Univ. of Texas, Austin
Curriculum that addresses basic questions about migration: Why do large groups of people move from place to place? What effects does this movement have? Uses regional case studies and primary source documents to present the information in each case study.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject area: social studies