The Journal as Border: Bridging Vision and Voice

Grade Level: 9 -10
Subject Areas: Poetry/English Language Arts and Studio Art
Time Required:
10-12 50 minute integrated lessons
Prepared by: 
Linda Okoth and Gordon Hultberg from Herndon, Virginia and Salt Lake City, Utah
poetry, sensory, food, illustration, observation, media, Southwest, Pat Mora, imagery, communication, journal, identity

Download Full Lesson Plan

The Border's Alive!

Grade Level: 6 -10
Subject Areas: Language Arts and Social Studies/History
Time Required:
120 minutes
Prepared by:
Ignacio Martinez and R. Joseph Rodriguez from The University of Texas at El Paso
Alien, Belonging, Borderlands Region (USA), Chihuahuan Desert, Citizenship, Identity, Immigration, Media, Migrant, Migration, Treaty

Download Full Lesson Plan

Somos nuestros cuentos: Leyendas, historias orales, e historias personales que forman nuestra identidad en el mundo

Grade Level: Spanish II or higher with modification
Subject Areas: Spanish 
Time Required:  6 weeks (or 4 weeks if not including Extended Learning component)
Prepared by: Kate Hoin; Troy, Michigan
Keywords: History, historia, Oral History, historias orales, Braceros, Detroit, Spanish Language, ​El ​español​, Advanced Spanish, Intermediate Spanish, Texas History (Spanish), la historia de Tejas, Preterite/Imperfect tense, Past Tense, el pasado

Download Full Lesson Plan 

Smokestack Memories: A Borderlands History During the Gilded Age

Grade Level: 7, 8 and 11
Subject Areas: Social Studies/U.S. History/Texas State Social Studies/A.P. U.S. History
Time Required:
3-90 minute classes
Prepared by: 
Francesca Alonso and Joseph “Joey” Louis Leff; El Paso, TX 
Immigration, Assimilation, Gender, Borderlands History, Industrialization, the West, Labor

Download Full Lesson Plan and Materials, Maps and Images

Seeking Social Justice: A Research Project

Grade Level: 10
Subject Areas: Language Arts
Time Required:  4-6 Weeks
Prepared by: April McNary, Sunnyslope High School, Phoenix AZ
Keywords: Language Arts, Research, Human Rights, Social Justice, Writing, Oral Histories, Political Poetry, Protest, Reading, Violations, Activism

Download Full Lesson Plan

Page 1 of 4



Contact Us

R. Joseph Rodriguez &
Ignacio Martinez
UTEP NEH: 2019 Summer Institute for Teachers
(915) 747-7054

logos copy           neh logo horizontal 4cprev u


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Back to Top