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Yetzenia and I decided to base our documentary on Latino's being the first in thier families to graduate from high school and go to college and pursue a higher education. The Documentary Unit Included a research paper, audio documentary, and a photo documentary book. Explanations for each are below.


Research Paper: excerpt from my essay:


"To be an immigrant means to be someone who is or comes from a family that moves to another country in order to better themselves and gain a better quality of life. Mexicans make up a huge amount of California's population and work forces. Any Mexican parent's dream is for their kid to go to college and make something of themselves. Yetzenia agrees, "we're raised with that mentality never really leaving our mind, that we have to make something of ourselves and we have to appreciate what our parents worked so hard to make available to us. And when you're the first in your family to do that, to go to college and to take that step, it's a huge deal." ... To be able to say your son or daughter graduated from a college or university is a big thing for any parent, but it has a special significance when it comes to Latino immigrant families..."


Audio Documentary: for our audio documentary, it was important for us to interview real people to portray this real situation. Being first generation in a Latino family is something important to them and we made sure we interviewed people who showed that. We first interviewed Lisa, a senior at Mountain View High who is the first in her family to graduate from high school in her family. We also intervied Erik, Yetzenia's brother, who went to USC and was the first in thier family to graduate from a university. I also interviewed Yetzenia to get the view of a younger sibling and the influence a first generation student can have on a younger sibling. We also interviewed Robert Salinas, a student at San Jose State University who is returning to college to get his masters in teaching. He gave us his opinion on how he see's Latinos' position in college and what he believes should change. Each interviewee gave a new light to the subject and presented seperate viewpoints. We thank everyone who was interviewed for thier time and cooperation.