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The 'Muslim Ban' and the Power of Protest
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The 'Muslim Ban' and the Power of Protest


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On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order called “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which he says is to screen out “radical Islamic terrorists.” The executive order is quite controversial and many of its critics refer to it as a “Muslim ban” because it temporarily bars the entry of even visitors from seven majority Muslim countries. Within 23 hours of the order being signed, immigration agents began detaining travelers from designated countries. Word spread through social media and protestors gathered at airports across the country to demand the detainees’ release and the rescinding of the ban; these protests continued the next day in airports and other locations nationwide. In addition, hundreds of attorneys showed up at U.S. airports to offer free legal help to the travelers and family members of loved ones detained under the executive order. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with other organizations, immediately challenged the executive order in court and a stay was issued, temporarily blocking President Trump’s policy from taking effect and preventing refugees and immigrants from being deported.

This lesson will provide an opportunity for students to learn more about the executive order and the actions immediately following the signing of it, reflect on trending hashtags to gain insight into people’s thoughts about the executive order, read an op-ed critical of the executive order and write their own op-ed that represents their point of view on the topic.  

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Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
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3 Reviews
Clearly, you voted for whom you're arguing. This particular lesson can be used as a secondary resource for an argument essay. No shame on anyone. It's the teacher's discretion how to make info. available to students. Factual info. is crucial. Therefore textbooks, not being primary sources and so, so secondary sources, we need as much info. from as many sources as possible. I don't find this insulting. Yes. It's biased. But then so are those who own and write the textbooks.
February 03, 2017
Truth. It's hard to find. I see this is a bi-line for the NY Times. I find it laughable that they are talking about themselves as though they tell the truth. It is also laughable for some of the lessons I am seeing on this site. You expose students to biased articles and information, and then expect them to form their own opinion. Shame on you! You may not have voted for the current President. You may hate everything he stands for, but that does not give you the right to indoctrinate young minds with your one sided propaganda. This would be true if only a conservative view was given. A truly educational lesson would present both sides equally and allow students to discuss the issues, and make informed decisions about what they believe. It is not up to an educator, a newspaper, or a website that wants " to provide the best education for students everywhere" to manipulate what students learn in order promote their own agenda.
February 02, 2017
Nice. Complete. Excellent attachments.
February 02, 2017
February 01, 2017