Immigration Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce several aspects of immigration to your students, specifically highlighting how they relate to contemporary American society. Students will read about these points on immigration policy, then write about what they have learned.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'immigration'
  • explain differing views about immigration from a contemporary American standpoint
  • describe the various impacts of immigration on contemporary American society


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


  • To begin the lesson, hold a whole-class discussion about immigration in the United States. Ask students to volunteer any information they know about the topic. Ask them to limit this portion of the discussion to facts; leave opinions to the side for now. Write all things that students 'know' on the board.
  • Distribute the lesson The Impact of Immigration on Contemporary American Society, either electronically or via hard copy.
  • Ask students to read the 'What Do You See,' 'Basic Figures on Immigration,' and 'Impact on the Economy' sections of the lesson.
  • In pairs, ask students to make a quick list of the ways immigration impacts our economy. When pairs are finished, ask each duo to offer one item each until a complete list is made on the board.
  • Ask students to read the 'Impact on Crime' and 'Addressing Illegal Immigration' sections. Once again, ask them to list ways that immigration has an effect on our society.
  • Have students finish reading the 'Lesson Summary' before they take the quiz in pairs. When all have finished with the quiz, review the answers as a class and answer any remaining questions students may have.


  • Write the following prompt on the board and give students some time to free-write. Encourage students to write their response keeping close in mind the information outlined by the lesson.
    • What are you personal views on immigration?
  • This prompt is obviously quite vague, and the responses students will give will likely be quite varied. This is intentional, as it will lead to interesting conversations at the end of the lesson.
  • When students are finished, hold a whole class discussion to talk about their responses. You may want to budget more class time for this portion of the lesson, as it may prove to be the most impactful.


  • Set up two differing points of view and use standard debate procedures to facilitate a discussion on the issue of immigration.

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