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There are 2 assets for this resource.
Pretend you are among the millions of people that have immigrated to the US! Create a journal documenting your experiences as a new American.
- Textbooks, guided reading books, or other infromational texts on immigrants to the United States.
- Guided Reading Books from National Geographic (Immigration Theme Set) will assist in gathering information necessary for this assessment, however, they are not necessary. (These books specifically address Irish, Mexican, German-Jewish, and Chinese immigrants)
- Access to Internet
- Paper, colored pencils, scissors,
- To learn about various groups of people that immigrated to the US.
- To assess student understanding of the challenges faced by immigrants, how they overcame these challenges, and the contributions they have made to the US
- After Reading various resources on immigrants to the US, discuss Ellis Island and Angel Island. Visit www.teachers.scholastic.com/activities.immigration [www.teachers.scholastic.com] to have students read and learn more about each of these ports of entry for immigrants.
- Gather information about WHY the groups of immigrants left their home country, What CHALLENGES they faced when they reached America, how they OVERCAME these challenges, and the CONTRIBUTIONS they made to American culture.
- Analyze primary resources (Found at the following websites: http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/list/070_immi.html [owa.randolph.k12.nc.us]
from this time period to collect more information.
- Have students role play as immigrants arriving in the US. Use the attached planning form to answer questions about themselves as immgrants. Then create a journal of their immigration experience.
A rubric is included to assess student journals.