Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.
What Do We Mean By Immigration Essential Questions?
When you teach your students about immigration, you have the chance to teach them about history, culture and geography all at once. Studying immigration offers opportunities to explore literature, family history, and local institutions with narrative histories to offer. An immigration study opens up the possibility to think about different languages, religions, and ways of life.
To make the most of your study of immigration, you will want to consider essential questions that frame and underlie your unit. Essential questions are conceptual questions that get at the big ideas and understandings behind a particular topic. Essential questions do not necessarily have right or wrong answers, and their answers are almost never simple. You probably will not show your essential questions directly to your students, but you will bear them in mind as you plan lessons, activities and projects. Defining your essential questions will help you design an organized curriculum that gets at critical thinking skills and deep knowledge.
The essential questions in this lesson address different aspects of immigration. Since immigration is a massive topic that plays out very differently depending on the age and background of your students, this is by no means a comprehensive list of essential questions. The questions here give you a starting point for thinking abstractly about immigration with your students and articulating exactly what issues and topics you most want them to understand.
Immigration Essential Questions
- What is immigration? Where does the word immigration come from? What is the relationship among immigration, migration, and emigration?
- What is citizenship? What does it mean to be a citizen of a particular country or region? Why might someone want to change their citizenship? What privileges come with being citizens of different countries or regions? What challenges might come with being citizens of different countries or regions?
- What are some of the things that cause people to immigrate? What have been some historical causes of waves of immigration?
- How does immigration work? What are some of the different ways that people immigrate from one country to another? What are some of the obstacles immigrants might face, and how does this vary depending on where they come from, or where they are going?
- In the United States, what have been some historical entry points for immigrants? What does it look like at these places? What has made them logical entry points?
- Why do many groups of immigrants tend to cluster in particular neighborhoods or towns? What are some of the benefits that come from living this way? What are some of the disadvantages?
- To what extent does immigration intersect with politics and political decision-making in particular countries? What kinds of laws help or hurt immigrants? What is your opinion about these laws, and why?
- To what extent does immigration intersect with economics and the economic state of a particular country or region? What economic policies or systems help and hurt immigrants? What is your opinion about these issues, and why?
- How has education in the United States evolved to meet the needs of immigrants? How has this looked different depending on the specific characteristics of an immigrant population?
- Describe the different waves of immigration that have occurred throughout U.S. history. How have these waves of immigration been similar to and different from each other? What are the major factors that lead to these similarities and differences?
- It is sometimes said that the United States is entirely a country of immigrants. Why might this argument be made? To what extent do you agree with it, and why or why not? How has immigration shaped the history and identity of the United States?
- What is culture? How does the culture of a particular group or subgroup get defined? Why is an understanding of culture relevant to understanding immigration?
- What is race and ethnicity? Why is an understanding of race and ethnicity as constructs relevant to understanding immigration?
- What is the connection among religion, moral or value systems, and immigration? What happens when different religious, moral or value systems intersect because of immigration?
- What places in your town or community offer up immigration narratives? Why is it important to a local history to understand the history of immigration in the community?
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