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The Illegal Immigration Debate in the US

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 by Ben Stern Last updated on Jun 3, 2017
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In this project, students collaborate to investigate the nuances of the current debate over illegal immigration, and ultimately voice their opinion on its resolution to their Congressmen and Senators.

This is a Project-Based Learning style project. It is the students' first of the year, so they do not have prior experience with this format. This project's primary aim is to introduce the format and teach three skills: collaboration, critical thinking, and collaboration. Secondary skills include professionalism, technology skills, and writing. The end product - the interview with Senator Hutchison - was obtained by calling the Senators' offices several times. Every office would have sent letters back to each students, but only hers was willing to participate in a real interview.

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This project is for an independent school, but it is part of a curriculum that aims to fulfill much of the Geography and American Government components of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards.

ISTE NETS·S Standards
Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making
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Laptops in the classroom equipped with microphone and webcam.  While we use proprietary software, much of it can be replaced with open source software. 

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