Injustice on Our Plates

Their stories, and the circumstances in which they live and work, are profiled in the report, Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry.

Based on issues raised in the report, Teaching Tolerance developed seven theme-based lessons. The lessons meet selected curriculum standards for language arts, economics, history, government and geography for grades 7-12.

These lessons can help students better understand the impact on their lives of undocumented immigrants, like the women who share their stories in the report:

  • Recognizing the Undocumented: This introduction emphasizes the ways in which undocumented workers create goods and services that we enjoy.
  • The Economics of Risk: For undocumented laborers—women in particular—everyday economics plays out in a series of calculated risks.
  • The Motivation for Movement: Why do undocumented workers come to the United States?
  • Family Ties: Most undocumented women are determined to improve life for their children.
  • Paying With Their Health: Why do so many undocumented women take jobs that are hard and dangerous?
  • Vital Work: How the food we eat is dependent on the labor of undocumented workers.
  • Acting Locally: How students can make a difference in the community.

For the teacher's guide as a booklet, click here for a PDF.

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