Lessons

The Journey Through Their Eyes

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Gambian migrants travel deeper into the Darien Gap by boat. Image by Jason Motlagh. 2016.

Gambian migrants travel deeper into the Darien Gap by boat. Image by Jason Motlagh. 2016.

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Trekking through the heart of the Darien Gap. Photo by Carlos Villalon. Colombia, 2016.

Trekking through the heart of the Darien Gap. Photo by Carlos Villalon. Colombia, 2016.

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Boat wreck in Milazzo, Italy. Image courtesy of Sarah Tzinieris. Italy, 2015.

Boat wreck in Milazzo, Italy. Image courtesy of Sarah Tzinieris/Creative Commons. Italy, 2015.

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Koutsochero camp, Larisa, Greece.

Koutsochero camp, Larisa, Greece. Image by Frederick Atax. Greece, 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1BLsySgsHM

This video is the inspiration of this project. It would be kind of cool to present the project in a similar way to this.

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2014/06/05/318905712/riding-the-beast-across-mexico-to-the-u-s-border

This is another route that people are taking to get into the United States. Which is by taking freight trains that run from Mexico to Florida. 

http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-u-s-bound-migrants-brave-panamas-brutal-jungle-1432914231 

This website is talking about the routes that people take to go from their country to the Darien Gap. The picture below is in the article and can be used in the project so people can see some routes. 

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/06/the-human-tragedy-of-illegal-immigration-greater-efforts-needed-to-combat-smuggling-and-violence

This article details a lot of the issues that people face while trying to travel to the U.S. 

https://thinkprogress.org/what-its-really-like-to-cross-the-u-s-mexico-border-a375d80f3cc#.h9kj34pi0

This is another article about crossing the U.S.-Mexico boarder. 

http://www.upworthy.com/why-would-someone-cross-the-border-illegally-hear-one-mans-harrowing-story

This is a personal story of someone who tried to cross the border and the paranoia of getting caught by immigration. 

http://www.theplaidzebra.com/powerful-photos-show-the-untold-story-of-immigrants-illegally-crossing-the-border/

This article shows the hardship people face with pictures that could be used. 

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/photography/2015/09/personal_objects_of_immigrants_who_died_trying_to_illegally_cross_the_u.html

Here they are shedding light on the presidential debate and how easily people forget about the human side of immigration. The article shows pictures of items that were found that belonged to people who died while trying to get into the U.S. 

 

Educator Notes: 

The idea of this project is to look at the journey and struggle that immigrants endure to come to the United States through their persepective. I didn't focus on a paticular area that these people are coming from, just their story. We should emphasize what they had to go through to start a life they believed would be better than theirs at home. I was able to find articles on this issue. However, there is a lot of overlap of what they say the issues are. I believe that is perfectly fine becuase we want to find the commonalities between all of these stories in order to come up with one lesson plan. I also included some of the Pulitzer Center's documentaries and articles that might be helpful. You all can make any changes that you feel are necessary including the title. This is just a template.    

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