The Power to Persevere

Joris Debeij's film, Making It in America, takes a look at Alma Velasco, a Salvadoran immigrant who was granted political asylum in the United States. The instructional activity gives a face to immigrants and their struggles to embrace the American Dream.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members investigate recent controversies surrounding American Apparel and its subsequent sale
  • Have groups read and report on the linked articles on immigration
Classroom Considerations
  • A link to the film is attached
Pros
  • The six-page resource includes background information about Alma Velasco, discussion questions, and writing prompts
Cons
  • None
Common Core