Students can write editorials about anything, but one topic that certainly seems relevant right now is the issue of DACA and what will happen with the Dreamers.
You can consult our 2017 rules to learn more about the contest while waiting for this year’s official announcement.
You may want to have students write their response as a letter addressed to that individual._________The Learning Network will announce its Fifth Annual Student Editorial Contest on Feb.
28, and submissions will be accepted from then until April 5.
I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m not afraid. — Jaclyn Haak, 19, a chemical engineering student at the University of Minnesota After students sort the quotes, groups can report back to the class about which quotes they tended to agree or disagree with — or which quotes ended up in Pile 3 because they could not reach a consensus.
I’m 21 years old and spent 15 of those years in the USA. Closing Activity or Exit Ticket: Each student should choose one quote from the previous activity that he or she disagrees with and write a thoughtful response capturing what they think about the DACA program and what Congress should do.Hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers — young adult immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children — could face possible deportation unless Congress can find a solution in the coming weeks. What should Americans who care about this issue do?In September, President Trump announced he would not renew the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, that provides these young people with certain temporary protections. In this lesson, students learn more about the immigrants affected by this political standoff; evaluate the policy proposals being debated; and explore ways to have their voices heard on one of the most contentious issues in American politics._________Warm Up Barometer or Paired Activity: Share the four statements below with students and ask them to decide whether they agree or disagree with each.They are not vetted like other immigrants, and they are not waiting in line the way the system requires.If you do this as a barometer activity, post the terms “Strongly Agree” and “Strongly Disagree” at opposite ends of the classroom.Video: Then, have students watch this brief video featuring immigrants currently protected by DACA.Ask students to write down their reactions and any questions they have.The program does not provide a pathway to citizenship.Participation in the program comes with a range of benefits.After each quote is read, the group discusses which pile the quote belongs in.The common misconception is that DACA is a handout, however it’s anything but. I was able to get a job for the first time, I was allowed to get my license, and go to college. Currently I’m studying communication and media, with no federal student aid as I did not qualify as a DACA student, just the scholarships and grants I earned in school. Granting legal status to Dreamers could potentially cause a domino effect in which other families bring young children, hoping that in time their children will be granted legal status.