During a recent Social Studies class, students were discussing current events centered around Syrian, Haitian, Turkish and Nigerian refugees seeking asylum in Canada. In light of the current political debate around the immigration process, the students were invited to think critically at some of the pros and cons of our current immigration system.
To become more informed on the Canadian immigration, the students read articles and watched
videos that dealt with economic, safety, political and health concerns related to immigrants coming to
To help students think critically about immigration, they engaged in an thinking routine called “Tug-of-War”. As they read the articles and watched the videos, they individually recorded on sticky notes whenever they encountered a fact, example or argument they deemed to be either negative (created a pull in the negative direction) or positive (created a pull in the positive direction) according to the pre-established criteria:
- Strengthen Canada economically
- Provide refuge for the persecuted
- Maintain Canadian health and safety
- Reunite immigrant families