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Walk My Walk: Spanish 3

Essential Questions:

  • Why is it important to consider human rights when discussing immigration?

  • Why do people leave their home country and emigrate to the United States without documentation?

  • What are the paths immigrants without documentation take to arrive to the U.S. and the challenges they face?

  • What are some challenges that undocumented immigrants encounter once they arrive in the U.S.?​

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The poet's voice...

Immigrants in Our Own Land

We are born with dreams in our hearts, 
looking for better days ahead. 
At the gates we are given new papers, 
and we are given overalls like mechanics wear. 
We are given shots and doctors ask questions. 
Then we
where counselors orient us to the new land 
we will now live in. We take tests. 
Some of us were craftsmen in the old world, 
good with our hands and proud of our work. 
Others were good with their heads. 
They used
use glasses and books to reach the world. 
But most of us didn’t finish high school. 

                                 Finish reading this poem...


The performer's voice...

Rowing to America by Kitty Chen (Play for two women)

Afro-Latino by Elizabeth Acevedo (Spoken Word Poetry)

What does an Illegal Immigrant Look Like by Christy Namee Eriksen (Poem)

"Bursting of photographs after trying to squeeze old memories" by Sonia Guinansaca (Spoken Word Poetry)

Juana's Poem by Alejandro Jimenez (Spoken Word Poetry)

Arizona by Ela Barton (Spoken Word Poetry)

Shelter, written by Marissa Chibas, directed by Martin Acosta, performed by the CalArts Center for New Performance
( Information | Performance Video)

Audio books...

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez 
Checkout in Overdrive - MGHS

The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez 
Check out on PlayAway.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Into the Beautiful North
Checkout on Overdrive - Public Library

The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
Checkout on CD at Madison Public Library

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Checkout in Overdrive - Public Library


Web Documentaries...

"Children Don't Migrate They Flee Event At The American Red Cross - ATEST". ATEST. N. p., 2016. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

"One Family Faces the Immigration Debate." Video Collection, 18 Aug. 2014. Global Issues in Context.

"The Hidden Life of an Undocumented US Immigrant." AFP News Footage, 2014. Global Issues in Context.

Zehr, Mary Ann. "'Unaccompanied Minors' Land in School." Education Week, 8 Nov. 2006, p. 24. Student Resources in Context


The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border, providing rare insight into the human stories, which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.

Tells the story of Negro who gets hired to smuggle a group of undocumented migrants into the United States. During the troubled crossing that lasts seven days across the Arizona desert,  Negro now finds himself on the run from his former associates and the law. This is a movie that will allow the world to visualize the cruel tragedy that many undocumented immigrants suffer in the Arizona desert everyday. The scenes are based on real testimonies from those that have survived the journey across the devils highway.

Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. This cinematic documentary profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest. An intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.

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