In Enrique’s Journey, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the story of one teenage boy from Honduras who risks his life to escape poverty, drugs, and gang violence in order to reunite with his mother, who left when he was five years old to seek employment in the United States. This six-week unit explores themes of identity, belonging, and choices by asking students to consider the ways in which human migration can affect newcomers and their descendants, as well as their countries of origin and the countries where they settle.
Throughout the unit, students revisit the following essential questions:
- Why do people migrate? What factors influence people’s decisions to leave their home countries, often risking their lives in the process?
- How can learning someone’s immigration story help us understand the complexity of global migration and the emotional and physical challenges for the human beings involved?
Using this framework to explore Enrique’s powerful story, students come to a better understanding of who they are and the steps they can take to create kind and inclusive communities that welcome and support everyone, while also fostering critical social-emotional competencies like empathy and perspective-taking.
This unit is designed to support teachers whose students are reading the young adult edition of the Enrique’s Journey text, and it includes section overviews, classroom activities, links to resources and handouts, discussion questions, and assessments.
Our unit is available as a downloadable PDF and incorporates multimedia resources including images, videos, readings and teaching strategies. View our Media Resource page to access materials used throughout the guide.