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:
- the time period in which they immigrated
- how they came to the U.S.
- why they left their country
- the process they went through to get into the country
- where did they move once here, did they have familiar communities or family to move to
- what types of jobs did their families take
- how did they feel about their new country and homes
- how did other Americans react to them
- what did they like about their new homes, what problems or concerns did they have
- http://www.angelisland.org/immigr02.html http://www.kqed.org/w/pacificlink/history/angelisland/china.htmlhttp://www.aiisf.org/history
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.
- Introduce yourself and where you are from.
- Discuss the conditions of your life in your old country and why your family decided to move to the United States.
- How did you and your family come to the United States?
- What did you see on your journey?
- What did you bring with you?
- Who from your family came along?
- What are your expectations for living in the United States?
- How long did it take you to get to America? (what mode of transportation)
- Where did your family enter the country? (Immigration Office, City, State)
- What are your initial impressions of the United States and Americans?
- What did you see? Anything different or similar to your home country?
- How are you and your family feeling and why?
- What did you hear?
- How do you think your new life in the United States will be?
- Where does your family move and settle down in the United States?
- Do you move with relatives or in a community of other people from your home country?
- Do you move somewhere where you and your family are completely out of place?
- What do your parents do for a living?
- Where do you go to school, if at all?
- What are the conditions of your new life in America?
- How do your neighbors and community members react to your family’s cultural differences?
- What are your feelings about living in the United States now? Has anything changed? Is so why?
- How do you think your life will change in the future as you get used to living in America?
- What are your impressions of the United States and Americans now that you have lived in the country for a while?
- How has your life and your family’s lives improved, or not, since immigrating to the United States?
- What are your expectations for your new life in America?
- What do you want for your future?
- What opportunities do you think you will have now living in America?
- How have different Americans reacted to your family? (supportive, prejudice, indifferent)
- What are your feelings and attitudes about becoming an American, and about your ethnic identity as a recent immigrant?
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?