Friday, October 4, 2013

immigration Blues: The Study of Modern Immigration Through the Eyes of an 8.2 Student

"There is a photograph by Sebastiao Salgado that shows the wall between the United States and Mexico snaking over the crests of hills, running away into the distance, as far as the eye can see, part Great Wall of China, part gulag.  There is a kind of brutal beauty here, the beauty of starkness."
- Salman Rushdie

1)  Using the textbook's description of immigration offered in chapter 18, examine how this depiction converges and diverges from what Rushdie suggests and what the picture depicts.
2)  Choose a line about immigration from the textbook and compare it to what is being shown in the picture.
3)  Examine if the fact that the picture takes place along the U.S./ Mexico border impacts the view of immigration offered.
4)  Discuss Rushdie's employment of imagery in the quote describing the picture.  In your description, address his view of immigration.
5)  What is the "brutal beauty" of immigration?  Examine how three of the themes we featured in class can represent this construction of "brutal beauty."

This is an example of an assessment that students can choose in this week's unit on immigration.  We focus our energies in examining how the textbook depicts immigration and how this is seen in the modern setting.  Through the use of, we will be examining a bag of websites dedicated to immigration.  (Click here to access the bag of websites.)
Students will examine videos on Monday, after submitting their identification paragraphs.  Then, students will have to choose a project option and compose a Powerpoint or googledoc slideshow of two slides on their findings.  The above project is one such example.  No assessment can go wrong with topics like immigration from thinkers like Rushdie and artists like Salgado.

Students will work on their projects this week and all work is due to me emailed by Sunday at 11:00 AM.
It is my hope that I see you all at conferences this week.  If I can be of any further help or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
All best.
Mr. Kannan

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