Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

Nation of Immigrants

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20 minutes (Part 1); 45 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Social Studies

TOPICS: Migration, U.S. Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

Students listen to and reflect on recordings of immigrant interviews and then read and analyze a text about immigration history in the U.S.

Students will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast the push/pull factors in three people’s stories of immigrating to the U.S.
  • Identify major immigration policies throughout U.S. history.
  • Draw evidence from informational texts and graphs to analyze and reflect on historical and contemporary events related to immigration.
Photograph of immigrants arriving to Ellis Island, circa 1915

Features of This Resource

  • Includes a comprehensive student reading on the history of immigration in the USA
  • Recorded interviews provide real-world stories from recent immigrants in their own words
  • Students answer questions that require analysis of text and graphs

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