1. You will be placed into pairs and draw your immigrant group to research from a hat. The groups include: Chinese, Ethiopian, German, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Sudanese and Vietnamese.

2. Before researching your immigrant group, read these tips on historical journal writing.

3. In your pairs, go to the section of web sites on your immigrant group to find out as much as you can about their journey to the United States. Take notes on:   

4. Here are the lists of web sites to visit for each immigrant group. Got to each one in your category and explore the web site to its full extent, learning as much as you can about the experiences of your immigrant group. The more in depth you investigate these sites, the more informative and detailed your journals will be.


Chinese Americans:

Ethiopian Americans:

 German Americans:

Indian Americans:

Irish Americans:

 Italian Americans:

Japanese Americans:

Mexican Americans:
Sudanese Americans:

Vietnamese Americans:


1. Once you have completed your research on your assigned immigrant group, you will create a journal that demonstrates your historical understanding of this period and group of people.

2. You will write your journal through the eyes of a teenage immigrant who came to America under the same conditions you learned about in your research.

3. Your journal will consist of four entries and four accompanying illustrations. Below are the instructions for each entry. Your illustrations should go along with your written entries, and they should be colorful and fill an entire journal page. Remember to be accurate, descriptive and creative in your journals. Write in the first person, present tense for each entry.

Entry 1: 

Entry 2: 

Entry 3:

Entry 4:

 Once all pairs have completed their journals, there will be a class period set aside for journal exhibitions in which you will have the chance to read your classmate's journals and learn about the experiences of other immigrant groups who came to the United States from the late 1800s to today. Use this time to investigate the similarities and differences in experiences between these different immigrant groups. Take notes in your notebook while investigating the different journals.

Then, for the final activity of this lesson, you will participate in a class-wide discussion about the similarities and differences between the different immigrant groups included in the WebQuest. For this discussion, use these focus questions:

1. What similarities and differences in experiences between the different immigrant groups did you learn about? (give specific examples)

2. Why do you think these similarities and differences existed or exist? (what social, political, economic and cultural factors helped create these situations)

3. Compare and contrast the experiences of immigrants in the late 1800s and early 1900s to those today. (give specific examples from your classmate's journals)

4. Why do you think the experiences of immigrants then and today are similar and different?

5. Why do you feel it is important to learn about the different immigrant groups who have come to the United States?

6. What relevance does what you have learned during this lesson have on your life as a young adult living in America?