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U.S. History: Immigration Unit

 

 

 

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Description

This thematic unit includes a wealth of resources that will enrich your students’ knowledge about the history of immigration in the United States, enabling your students to better understand modern debates and inform their thinking about them.
 
Immigration has undoubtedly played a central role in United States history and the stories told about that history rightly acknowledge it. It is a complex tale, though. At the heart of it lie questions that touch upon America’s very identity: who does or does not belong and who should or should not be accepted. With this rich history in the spotlight of modern politics, it can be a challenging topic to teach. This unit will help you teach this important part of history, providing you flexibility and a wealth of resources to effectively differentiate for your students. The resources can also be paired with numerous novels, such as Refugee, Front Desk, Home of the Brave, Inside Out & Back Again, among others, to create an engaging cross-curricular experience for your students.
Snapshot of Resources:
  • 18 Nonfiction Readings
  • 14 Extension Activities
  • 18 Reading Checks
  • 2 Final Assessments
  • Essay Choice Board
  • Project Choice Board
  • 3 Vocabulary Lists, Crossword Puzzles, Practice Exercises, and Quizzes
  • Pacing Guide and Daily Lesson Plans
  • Answer Keys
  • Digital Links for Student Pages & Assessments
Please view the preview carefully to determine if the content and level is appropriate for your classroom context!
Digital Compatibility: This resource is technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resources include links for students to complete any work assigned, such as in-class tasks and assessments, online via Google Slides™ and Google Forms. For instance, students can work with the documents in Google Drive™ or via Google Classroom. With these links, you can have students complete their activities, assignments, and ALL ASSESSMENTS online. All they will have to do for the student pages is either create a text box or fill out a form! There are links for every student page and assessment if applicable, making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees.
Nonfiction Readings: The 18 close readings develop students’ knowledge about the history of immigration in the U.S. from the Colonial Period to present day. They trace the history of immigration law, elaborate on the lived experiences of immigrants, highlight trends across eras, and examine the contributions and impact of immigrants on American society. Each informational text includes two sets of questions – one comprehension set and one analysis set – that will develop essential skills aligned to the reading of informational texts under the Common Core State Standards. The resource also allows for differentiation and flexible implementation. Topics include:
  • Breaking Down Key Terms
  • Immigration in the Colonial Period
  • 19thCentury Immigration: Europe
  • 19thCentury Immigration: Asia
  • The Immigration Boom
  • Post-WWII Immigration Era
  • The Contemporary Immigration Era
  • Naturalization & Immigration Laws
  • The Visa System: Past to Present
  • Nativism: Fear of Foreigners
  • The History of Ethnic Enclaves
  • How Immigration Shaped America
  • The Pull of the American Dream
  • Immigration Stories: Irish
  • Immigration Stories: Chinese
  • Immigration Stories: Italians
  • Immigration Stories: Eastern European Jews
  • Immigration Stories: Mexicans
Extension Activities: The 14 extension activities will not only enhance your students’ understanding but also engage them in deep analysis. The extension activities provide an avenue for your students to study the complexities of immigration and the immigrant experience in the United States at a deeper level. The activities include a variety of exercises, including close readings of historical documents, examining maps and charts, analyzing political cartoons, and engaging with oral histories, among others. The variety and number of resources will enable differentiation and flexible implementation. Regardless, while completing each activity, students will develop essential skills aligned to the reading of informational and historical texts under the Common Core State Standards. They will also be encouraged to make connections across documents and concepts, sharpening their ability to analyze and think critically. Activities include:
  • An Immigrant’s Letter Home
  • Irish Ballads
  • Chinese Immigration Cartoons
  • Census Data Analysis 1890 & 1910
  • Ellis Island Oral History Study
  • SS Quanza & WWII Refugee Policy
  • Mariel Boatlift & Cuban Immigration
  • Public Opinions on 1924 Quotas
  • Influence of Immigration
  • Immigration Stories – Irish
  • Immigration Stories – Chinese
  • Immigration Stories – Italians
  • Immigration Stories – Eastern European Jews
  • Immigration Stories – Mexicans
Assessment Resources: The assessment resources will help you measure how well students are understanding the U.S. History: Immigration unit and how well they can apply reading and analysis skills practiced throughout the unit. Assessments include:
18 Article Mini-Quizzes – Checks assess students’ understanding of each nonfiction reading.
  • 2 Final Assessments – One assessment contains questions that emphasize comprehension and analysis abilities based on the nonfiction readings while the other assessment contains questions that emphasize analytic abilities of a primary source.
  • Essay Choice Board
  • Project Choice Board
Vocabulary Resources: The vocabulary resources will help students learn, acquire, and utilize new words in their writing and speaking. The vocabulary resources will assist students in building their own vocabulary and engage them in varied activities to maximize their vocabulary’s expansion. With the 3 different vocabulary lists, the resource allows for differentiation and flexible implementation. Resources include:
  • 3 Flashcards Sets
  • 3 Crossword Puzzles
  • 3 Practice Exercises
  • 3 Quizzes
  • 1 Activity & Graphic Organizers
Anticipation Resources: The anticipation resources are designed to activate students’ prior knowledge about immigration while building excitement for the learning that is ahead. The anticipation guide and compelling thematic lesson will generate interest and investment as it primes students to deeply engage with the U.S. History: Immigration unit. It is the perfect resource for any unit that focuses on immigration – not just in Social Studies but also as a theme or important plot point in literacy.
  • Anticipation Guide with 6 debatable questions/statements
  • “Wind” Short Film Viewing (short film not provided)
Instructional Resources: The standards-alignment guide, pacing guide, and daily lesson plans will help you effectively plan and implement any and all components of the unit. They are the materials designed for you. (Editable)
Answer Keys: Every resource includes comprehensive answer keys! The keys provide potential answers for every activity, lesson, and question (where applicable). Of course, not all analytic questions have just one answer! Part of the strength of the analysis question is the room they leave for students to demonstrate their unique thinking and use textual evidence to support their stance. Therefore, use the answers at your discretion but know they provide a solid foundation for the type of performance that makes for quality work. 
This resource is NOT EDITABLE! It is intended to be comprehensive, but if you have particular needs for your classroom, please contact me! (lauren@lit-lessons.com)

Description

This product is a comprehensive set of instructional materials for teaching The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. With over 100+ Common Core aligned materials, students will develop their literacy skills while deeply engaging with the novel through this 6-WEEK unit. The fiction close reading activities, the literary analysis resources, nonfiction readings, extension activities, vocabulary, assessments, project and essays all provide opportunities for your students to practice and apply what will be their growing understanding of the novel. They also provide numerous ways for you to DIFFERENTIATE learning for your students, allowing you to choose the assignments that best support your students’ learning while being conducive to rotation-based classroom models.
 
Please view the preview carefully to determine if the content and level is appropriate for your classroom context!
 
Digital Compatibility: This resource is also technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resources include links for students to complete any work assigned, such as in-class tasks and assessments, online via Google Slides™ and Google Forms. For instance, students can work with the documents in Google Drive™ or via Google Classroom. With these links, you can have students complete their activities, assignments, and ALL ASSESSMENTS online. All they will have to do for the student pages is either create a text box or fill out a form! There are links for every student page and assessment if applicable, making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees.
 
Comprehension & Literary Analysis Resources: The comprehension guide and literary analysis resources provide a framework for students to deeply engage with every chapter grouping of the novel. The 32 assignments – 16 comprehension and 16 literary analysis – are designed to not only to have students practice essential literary skills but also demonstrate their comprehension of the text. In having students demonstrate their understanding of the novel across both dimensions, the resource allows for differentiation and flexible implementation.

Fiction Close Readings & Graphic Organizers: The 16 fiction close reading lessons explicitly focus on critical Common Core State Standards to develop students’ literary proficiency. Using the novel as the foundational text for close reading, each lesson focuses on a particular skill, such as setting, conflict, tone, and plot, and provides students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their ability to perform that skill. Each assignment also requires students to use textual evidence to support their claims. The resources could supply homework, facilitate guided reading groups, or stimulate whole class literacy discussions for each chapter grouping. You can choose the purpose that best suits your students and your classroom.
 
Nonfiction Readings: The 15 nonfiction close readings will open new perspectives to your students about the First Nations of North America. With a particular focus on groups that inhabited the present-day United States, the articles will provide background knowledge about the social, cultural, environmental, and political forces essential to understanding the history of indigenous tribes. Students will learn about the First Nations prior to European contact as well as examine important issues that have been relevant since then through to the modern day. Those issues also connect to the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Therefore, students will be able to synthesize across the nonfiction readings and the novel, building their critical thinking skills in the process.
 
Nonfiction Extension Activities: The 10 extension activities take your students deeper. You know your students best. Based on their interests, the extension activities provide an avenue for your students to study the complexities of the social, cultural, environmental, and political forces essential to understanding the history of First Nations. They will learn about these topics not only to better understand them but also better understand the thematic elements of the novel.
 
Final Project – The History of a First Nation: The novel project prompts students to take an inclusive stance towards history and draft a narrative that incorporates fresh perspectives across the ages. Through the project, students will synthesize knowledge about their chosen First Nation in order to create a presentation that portrays a First Nation and their unique, rich history over time. The students’ will be moved to present that history from their chosen First Nation’s emergence to the present-day. Taken together, the students’ work will recognize a comprehensive and inclusive history of an indigenous society in North America, allowing them to reflect on the history of First Nations, its typical portrayal, and the evolution of their understanding about historical narratives. *Requires Internet access.*
 
Assessment Resources: After students complete the chapter analysis, close reading assignments, vocabulary assignments, and projects, they will know the novel inside and out. The Common Core aligned assessments will then help you measure your students’ comprehension of the text and their ability to apply the literary skills taught throughout the unit. The materials include 18 reading checks, 2 comprehension quizzes, 3 final literary assessments, and essays.
 
Vocabulary Resources: Teaching vocabulary is an important part of any lesson. The vocabulary resources will help students learn, acquire, and utilize new words for their writing and speaking. The vocabulary resources will engage students in varied activities to maximize their vocabulary’s expansion. The resources include materials to help teach challenging vocabulary words in Grenade and build your students’ vocabulary knowledge. The materials provide opportunities for differentiation to suit the needs of the classroom.
 
Anticipation Guide (Bonus Material): The anticipation guide will help generate excitement around a study of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The activity will aid students’ comprehension by generating students’ thinking about the novel’s themes.
 
Instructional Resources (Bonus Material): The standards-alignment guide, pacing guide, and 30 lesson plans will help you effectively plan and implement any and all components of the unit. They are the materials designed for you. (Editable)