Teaching Guides

The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration

Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 2006. 160 pages.
Lessons for teaching about the history of U.S.–Mexico relations and current border and immigration issues.

Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 20th Century
Themes: Immigration, Latino, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements

linebetweenThe Line Between Us explores the history of U.S.-Mexican relations and the roots of Mexican immigration, all in the context of the global economy. And it shows how teachers can help students understand the immigrant experience and the drama of border life.

The Line Between Us is about more than Mexican immigration and border issues. It’s about imaginative and creative teaching that gets students to care about the world. Using role plays, stories, poetry, improvisations, simulations and video, veteran teacher Bill Bigelow demonstrates how to combine lively teaching with critical analysis.

One of the lessons is tied directly to Chapter 8 of A People’s History of the United States, “We Take Nothing By Conquest, Thank God.” See the lesson.

The Line Between Us is ideal for teachers, adult educators, and community organizers.

ISBN: 9780942961317 | Published by Rethinking Schools.