La Frontera--Barrier or Gateway? An Introductory Unit to the US-Mexico Borderland

Lesson Plan Content
La Frontera is the Spanish word for frontier. The United States-Mexico borderland is unique in the sense that it has shifted over time, but still has an impact on the policies of both nations. In this lesson students will use maps, visuals, and written text to raise their awareness of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.
Dennis Rees
Grade Range: 
High School
3 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
National Geography Standards: 
4: The physical and human characteristics of places
11: The patterns and networks of economic interdependence
13: How the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surface
17: How to apply geography to interpret the past
18: How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future