Students were required to meet once a week for four weeks for group instruction and activities. They used excerpts from several sources of informational texts. First, students watched the film Bordertown and filled out a graphic organizer on the key aspects of the movie based on true events. Second, students read and annotated parts of an essay on the femicide in order to understand the important details, including social, economic, and political aspects. This was followed by a group discussion and informal verbal assessment. Third, students broke up into reading groups and each group was responsible for a different aspect of the causes of femicide, such as social, political and economic factors. Then, students taught each other what they learned. Everything they learned was recorded on a graphic organizer. Finally, with a two hour time limit, students were responsible for referring to these texts and notes to write a short, persuasive essay on the causes as well as possible solutions to the femicide.
Here is a sample of a student's unedited final essay:
In America we as people are used to men and women being relatively equal, but what if you lived in a place where that was not the case? This is a problem the women of Mexico have to face every day, have to be looked down upon and having to bo on the bottom of the social pyramid. What factors contribute to the social divide between men and women? Women are looked down upon because their mistreatment has been ingrained in the mexican culture for generations and has become the social norm of their society. In mexico the law does not even protect them from basic things, such as murder and rape, even the political system in mexico is designed to overlook or even support the mistreatment of women.
In Mexico unlike the U.S the mistreatment of women is an ongoing problem, from their mistreatment in the workplace, to how they are treated in their everyday lives. This problem stems from how the the Mexican culture has looked down on women for a long time, and this idea of inequality has been implanted in the minds of the men and even the women of mexico.
From an economic standpoint women receive lower pay than their male counterparts around the world, but this problem is especially bad in mexico. In mexico women work at factories called maquiladoras where they assemble mostly electronic goods that other countries such as the U.S and Canada purchase and consume. These goods that we as people enjoy so much because of their relatively low cost are only wallet friendly because of the low wages and the terrible working conditions that are forced upon the people of mexico.
In mexico laws do not protect their women like they do their men, it almost seems as though the law actually supports crimes against women. For example if a woman were to get raped and that women tried to have the man who did it arrested that man would have a number of ways to get passed the charges. The man could bribe the police, he could a pay a ten to twenty dollar fine, or marry the women, this would also be after the women got passed the impossible task of proving that she was a virgin before she was raped.
In order for the mistreatment and inequality that the women of mexico have to face, to stop, we as people have to bring awareness to the things that go on in mexico. The women of mexico would have to stand up for their rights, the rights they deserve as human beings, rights that people of other countries such a the U.S and Canada have become so accustomed too. In order for things to improve the people who take advantaged of these terrible things without knowing it have to be made aware of what happens.