Immigration – Government and Sociology

Living in an area with a significant ELL population of students made the issue of immigration relevant on a personal level, even before I had a spouse with a foreign passport and green card.

With our current administration populating government with people who are not only against illegal immigration, but against immigration in general, the information at iAmerica is important and timely. Of particular interest is their Know Your Rights section, with information relevant to any government class that discusses the issue, and possibly to students in that class.

For a look at life as an immigrant refugee (Syrian), check out the New York Times series Welcome to the New World, a graphic novel telling of a true story. The series started just after the Inauguration, and is ongoing. Another view, from NPR’s Here & Now series: Afghan Refugee Family Finds New Home in Maryland.

A key part of the immigration discussion is The Wall. It takes more than politics to respond to such a proposal – see Trump Proposed a Wall – They Imagined How It Would Work. There are links in the article to most of the short films and animations mentioned in it, as well as other related material. (Be sure to watch any videos before sharing them with students – my favorite one from the article might be teacher-appropriate, but it’s definitely not classroom appropriate.)


U.S. History, World History (and a few other areas) – Re-examining the past

The past isn’t just what happened, it’s what we make of what happened later on.

The Washington Post offers Retropolis (“The past, rediscovered”). For the New York Times, it’s the Retro Report (“Essays and documentary videos that re-examine the leading stories of decades past”).

The Atlantic (formerly The Atlantic Monthly) has been around since 1857, and is the reason articles from the 1800s and early 1900s can be found in my files. A few of those links can be found here.

A podcast with a similar approach can be found at BackStory, a project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. With archives going back to 2008, there’s a lot of topics covered. (If you go to the Show Archives, you can sort by topic instead of by year of broadcast.)

Most of the articles from the links above concern U.S. History. There are a scattering of World History and Sociology articles, and a fair number of Science articles (everything we teach has a history of its own). The Atlantic has more Language Arts articles than the other sources, a few of which show up via the link above. The New York Times series, which goes back to 2013, even has some Foods articles of possible interest.

Paywall trick for sites that limit your monthly articles (via a column in one of the above publications): Most sites use cookies to keep track of how many articles you’ve seen, so clearing all your cookies solves the problem. BUT: doing so may delete cookies you want to keep, so a preferred alternative may be to use the browser’s privacy mode (Firefox: Private Window; Chrome: Incognito Window; Edge: InPrivate Window), which doesn’t save cookies after you close it.