Posted on May 20, 2019
In researching resources for the novel excerpt "The Gringo Champion," which tells the story of a teen migrant, WWB has found great videos, articles, and photo essays addressing immigration across our southern border---which can be also be used with other works of literature, such as Esperanza Rising, or in social studies and history classes. You'll find links to these resources below.
- "The Mexicans want to steal him. And the Americans want to keep him." Read about a seventeen-year-old whose experiences with the U.S.-Mexico border are far different from Liberio's.
- Then, look at photos taken at different US-Mexico borders; scroll down to see a crossing of the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo). Then, look at images of artist Patricia Ruiz-Bayón’s “Border Line Series” sculptures and “Tortilla Wall” installation. Read more about art that explores border crossing and immigration in “A Vale of Terror, Transcended.”
- Find out how a US official analyzes border issues in “Former ‘Border Czar’ Gives Real Facts about Immigration” from Pro Publica.
- Look at photos and images from the Borderland Collective project. Students asked and answered questions like “What is ‘Acting like an American’?” “What is the purpose of a border?” and “What is a border?”
- Read about one way for people on different sides of the US-Mexico border to make contact: a tug of war. . . And about the immigration trend we're not hearing about: Americans moving to Mexico.
- Watch a trailer for the Frontline documentary: When Daddy is Deported to Mexico.
(Watch on YouTube.)