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The Mexico Trek!

 

August 19, 1998 Update

   

Ahhhh.... Trekking around San Diego enjoying the warm weather and the warmth of the local people. The Team's on its way to Mexico City, but they're spending a few days around the Mexican American border - the original homeland of the Aztecs, and home to Covenant House, the same organization for homeless youth they will work with in Mexico.

The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Saturday - 8/15/98  
Team - What would you do if you were living on the streets? Finding a home at Covenant House

This is great report that invites students to imagine life homeless. It is also a good introduction to the innovative ways Covenant House helps homeless youth.

There are two quick and easy ways to go with this one. You can use it for the information in a basic Q and Q style. OR, you can have students be a little creative and write a story as if they were one of the youth living at Covenant House. Try having them include 5 facts from the report about what it's really like.
Monica - Thoughts on making it in life

Monica briefly shares her thoughts on not giving up.

This ties in well with the previous activity ("What would you do if…?")
Shawn - Covenant House Impressions

Shawn's own take on Covenant House. He also places things in context by recapping their travels to Los Angeles and previewing their entry into Mexico.

Ties in well with the previous activity ("What would you do if…?)

Silvia - Thoughts on Homeless Youth

Silvia's one take on Covenant House and stereotypes about homeless youth. She shares the poem CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE ("If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn…")

This report goes beyond looking at Covenant House and invites students to think about why people become who they do in this world. It opens the door to either a discussion or formal investigation on what causes youth to become homeless, the effect it likely has on them, and ways they are perceived.
Sunday - 8/16/98  
Team - The Center of the World - A Tale of Courage and Cultural Pride

This is great report that invites students to imagine life homeless. It is also a good introduction to the innovative ways Covenant House helps homeless youth.

There are two quick and easy ways to go with this one. You can use it for the information in a basic Q and Q style. OR, you can have students be a little creative and write a story as if they were one of the youth living at Covenant House. Try having them include 5 facts from the report about what it's really like.
Monica - Journal Entry

Monica confesses to having slept most of the day!

 
Silvia - Her take on Old Town - San Diego

A brief description of a heavily Mexican-style plaza in San Diego. Good for thinking about the history of the western U.S. and the Mexican influence that continues from when it actually was Mexico.

A quick, worthwhile activity would be to have students survey their own lives for Mexican influence. Try grouping the students and seeing who can come up with the biggest list.
Monday - 8/17/98  
Team - OK, this is how old? A visit to Old Town San Diego

More description of Mexican influence in San Diego, this article is also good for making students realize just how much of the US used to be Mexico.

Ties in well with the previous activity ("Silvia - Her take…").
Monica - Meet Itzel and Alexandra

The team's first meeting with local youth! They meet two Latina youth in San Diego. Featured is a drawing by Itzel and Alexandra about how they feel, as well as their comments on the community.

Although this report is brief, it can be used to have the students think about their own community, perhaps writing descriptions. Or it can tie in well with the previous activity ("Silvia - Her take…").

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