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        POV | Up Heartbreak Hill: Factors in a Successful College Experience - Lesson Plan

        In this lesson from POV, students will watch video clips that provide glimpses into the lives of two high school seniors who live in New Mexico on the Navajo reservation. They will then analyze a current issue that Native Americans face (college completion) and will consider factors that might contribute to their own decisions either to enter or to complete college. Students will then explore different strategies that might be used to address this problem. The clips used in this lesson are from the film Up Heartbreak Hill, a documentary that follows two Navajo high school students during their senior year as they struggle with forming their identities, managing family relationships and making decisions about their futures.

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        Living in Navajo, New Mexico

        In this clip, Thomas describes Navajo, New Mexico, and the challenges that accompany living on a reservation, but he emphasizes a sense of home and the legacy that ties him to the land.

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        Meet Tamara

        In this clip, Tamara, a bright and hard-working student at Navajo Pine High School in Navajo, New Mexico, dreams of going to college and furthering her education.

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        Meeting for Thomas

        In this clip, Thomas gets ready to embark on a life after high school, which may include leaving the Navajo reservation, and his family holds a traditional meeting for him.

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        Graduation at Navajo Pine High School

        In this clip, Tamara and Thomas, graduate ready to go on to college.

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