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To draw connections with students through the characters and storyline of The Book of Unknown Americans. As well as, to bring relevance to real-life events that happen daily in everyday life.

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      • Students will discuss why immigration stories matter, along with the obstacles that many immigrants are facing as a result of the border crisis and the White House administration. Students will use characters/events from the novel to compare/contrast 
      • Students will be able to identify the settings in the novel and what role each place plays in furthering the plot (e.g. Mexico, the apartment complex, school, the car, etc.) Students will also learn about the geography of Delaware and how it contributes to the socioeconomic factors mentioned in the novel. Each town has sections that are “designated” to certain groups of people. Students will explore and discuss how this impacts their lives and the lives of others in different socioeconomic classes, cultures, immigration statuses, etc.
    • Students will be able to construct their own cultural narratives. This is relevant because all students have backstories (even if they don’t know exactly where they’re from, they come from somewhere outside of school – this could be a community, culture, religion, family history, etc.) In the novel, characters’ backstories a prominent


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 Angel Townsend, Emily Fishel, Megan Burns, & Emma Marek, 2019

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