Book of the month: using student publication to position students as agents of change
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What would you say to America if you could? Current events challenge us to think about our changing country, and how new immigration policies deeply affect high school students and their families. At the Bronx High School of Business, one teacher joined forces with her students, many of whom are immigrants, and decided to speak to America. In Dear America, these young people share their experiences and opinions through essays, and tackle some common myths about immigration. The result is a powerful collection of student voices speaking to teachers, parents, and policy-makers
USING THIS PUBLICATION IN THE CLASSROOM
November, the month of Election Day, is also a month when political ideologies and perspectives on various issues are discussed throughout the country. One issue that affects a great number of students in our school is the issue of immigration. The student authors of Dear America embarked on a journey of inquiry throughout their writing process, in an effort to share their personal perspectives on the subject.
We invite you to use this text to inspire writing prompts of your own, related to the issues that affect and resonate with your students most. Furthermore, we invite you to use these texts to foster the often difficult, yet critical conversations regarding immigration. We believe that when students explore the perspectives and experiences of other students like them, it can help create a safe space for sharing, making connections, and ideally, building empathy.