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Annenberg Learner is a deep online resource with first-person sources for teaching across a wide range of subjects – and a powerful focus on American borderlands.
The website’s “Exploring Borderlands” page launches texts, videos, teaching resources and a range of interactive resources, all free and reliably high-quality.
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Exploring Borderlands begins with a video of writer Gloria Anzaldúa talking about the lived experience of the border between the U.S. and Mexico, which she call “una herida abierta where the lifeblood of two worlds is merging to form a third country — a border culture.” Una herida abierta: an open wound.
Exploring Borderlands includes a detailed timeline graphic beginning in 1492 and running through 1987. The resources here don’t reach the current day, but provide a rich context for discussion of the current crisis, for middle- and high-school students. Writers featured include Bartolomeo de las Casas, Americo Paredos, Gloria Anzaldua, and a dozen others.
The Exploring Borderlands page is here: https://www.learner.org/series/american-passages-a-literary-survey/exploring-borderlands-video/
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