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Immigration in American Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary
Enhance your students' interest in and learning experience regarding immigration by incorporating these lesson plans into your existing syllabus. Assign free-writing projects, engage students in group discussions and even use a virtual field trip to present material about the American Dream, Ellis Island and the impact of immigration on American society to your class.
Lessons also include immigration overviews, questions your class might reflect on and historical facts that can support your own lesson plans.
How It Helps
- Learning objectives: Helps you meet the objectives of your immigration lesson plans by reinforcing relevant definitions, views on immigration and the impact of immigration on America.
- Class discussions questions/topics: Facilitate your classroom discussions with topic ideas that can cover more in-depth information about the history of immigration.
- Activities or games: Keeps students engaged in the material by providing activities and games that present the material in nontraditional ways.
How It Works
This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to making planning Immigration in America lessons easy.
- Find lesson plans for specific immigration topics you want to cover in class.
- Formulate your history or social studies class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
- Share the related American immigration lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
- Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of immigration from the lessons.
- Engage your students with relevant immigration activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.
1. What Is the American Dream? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will explore the concept of the American Dream. We'll explore the ideological content of this idea and the criticisms of it which have been articulated throughout the course of American history.
2. The Impact of Immigration on Contemporary American Society
The United States is a 'Nation of Immigrants,' and always has been. This lesson will examine the perception of immigrants on the U.S. as well as the actual effect.
3. Immigration Essential Questions
Studying immigration with your students can be a powerful teaching experience spanning topics from a variety of disciplines. This lesson gives you some essential questions that might underlie your immigration curriculum.
4. Ellis Island Lesson Plan
Why is Ellis Island so pivotal in our country's history? This lesson plan uses a fact-filled text lesson to explain this while an activity gives students a chance at deeper analysis.
5. Ellis Island: History & Facts
Ellis Island was the main entry point during the height of European immigration (1890s-1920s). Discover the rich and amazing history of this classic American icon in this lesson. Then, take a short quiz to test what you learned.
6. Ellis Island Activities
Studying Ellis Island is a great way to familiarize students with immigration history. The activities in this lesson will help you make the most of your work around Ellis Island.
7. Ellis Island Project Ideas
Learning about Ellis Island can be one of the most exciting ways for students to study immigration. This lesson gives you some ideas for projects that will bring your Ellis Island study to life.
8. Hull House Activities for Kids
Learning about Hull House can be a wonderful way for kids to gain insight into charity as well as social reform and immigration history. This lesson offers activity ideas to help make studying Hull House fun.
9. Nativism Lesson Plan
This lesson introduces students to immigration in industrial America and nativism. Students will argue the positions of various historical personas who encouraged or rejected nativism. Then, students will create an advertisement that could have been used to persuade people to support immigration or nativism.
10. Immigration in Industrial America and the Rise of Nativism
Between the Civil War and WWI, America experienced a massive third wave of immigration. Learn about where these immigrants came from, where they went and how 'native' Americans responded to them.
11. The Orphan Trains Lesson Plan
Through a jigsaw activity, discussion, and creation of an acrostic poem, this lesson plan will help you teach your students about the orphan trains, their place in the child welfare movement, and issues related to the process.
12. Orphan Train: History & Facts
The Industrial Revolution, although beneficial to the economy of the United States, had unintended consequences for its children. People thought that these children would benefit by being sent west- with something known as the Orphan Train Movement.
13. Birth of a Nation Lesson Plan
This lesson plan explores a summary of Birth of a Nation by D.W. Griffith. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.
14. Orphan Train Lesson for Kids: History & Facts
From the mid 1800s to the early 1900s, the United States ran a government program called the Orphan Train, which took orphans from major cities into the countryside for adoption. Learn about the program and its legacy in this lesson.
15. Illegal Immigration Lesson Plan
This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about illegal immigration. Students will answer questions about a text and summarize important issues using charts and graphs.
16. Illegal Immigration: Definition & Facts
The United States has a long history of immigration and people from outside the U.S. coming in illegally. In this lesson, explore how illegal immigration is defined and what current trends surround illegal immigration into the United States.
17. Motivation Lesson Plan
This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct students about the motivation cycle. Students will explain and provide examples of each of the stages of motivation.
18. Immigration Debate Lesson Plan
With this lesson plan, your students will learn about American immigration policies over the last century. They will use that to hold in-class debates on immigration policy.
19. American Dream Lesson Plan
Is the American dream real or just a myth? This lesson plan guides students through the idea of the American dream, helping them to explore its ideology and criticisms. Multi-level discussions are included as well as follow-up activities and lesson ideas.
20. Immigration Lesson Plan
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.
21. Ellis Island Simulation Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to take your middle school students on an experiential journey. This simulation will help you provide information in a creative way about what it was like to be an immigrant entering the country through Ellis Island.
22. Westward Expansion Unit Plan
The following unit plan will help you explore the Westward Expansion with your students. You will find a variety of resources to utilize including activities, project ideas, discussion questions, and lesson plans.
23. The Other Side of Immigration Discussion Questions
'The Other Side of Immigration' is a documentary film by director Roy Germano about the communities in Mexico that are left behind as their citizens flock to the United States. This asset offers discussion questions about this film.
24. Discussion Questions about Immigration in the U.S.
After learning about the history of immigration in the United States, use the following discussion questions to help students think critically about what they have learned. These questions are designed with middle and high school students in mind.
25. Oregon Trail Unit Plan
The Oregon Trail describes the routes American settlers took as the United States expanded westward. This unit plan supports middle school instruction about the Oregon Trail.
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