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In this download center you can access, download or print copies of handouts, activities, and discussion-related materials you will need to make this lesson a success. We recommend the following class preparation.

Equipment
 

  • Computer with Internet access for teacher

  • Computers with Internet access for students (throughout, or just for student research on Day Two)

  • Computer projector

  • Speakers

 

Teacher Preparation

Follow the instructions below before starting this lesson.

  1. If teaching this lesson using print materials, make the appropriate number of copies of all student materials. (Quantities listed below.) 

  2. Read Immigration Teacher Notes in preparation for leading classroom discussions.

  3. Set up and test computer, projector, speakers, and videos (available online) before starting the lesson. Confirm that you are able to play and project the videos with adequate audio volume.

  4. Before Day Two, or for both days if you are using online versions of materials, ensure that computers are available for in-class student research.

 

Students reflect on the idea of the United States as a “nation of immigrants” through Emma Lazarus’s poem, “The New Colossus.” They then read a brief history of immigration to the United States and discuss how the history of immigration and integration in the United States has both shaped and been shaped by various government policies. After being introduced to some migration-related concepts and terminology, students read a case study on Japanese migration to the United States.

Materials

Day One

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Materials

ACTIVITY
Students reflect on the idea of the U.S. as a “nation of immigrants” through Emma Lazarus’s poem, “The New Colossus.”

Teacher Information 

Student Handout

one copy per student

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Teacher Information 

ACTIVITY
Lead a brief discussion on American sentiment toward immigrants using these quotes.

Materials

Student Handout

one copy per student (optional)

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Teacher Information 

Student Handout

one copy per student

CLOSE-UP
This in-depth overview and group discussion exercise examines how immigration to the U.S. has shaped and been shaped by various government policies.
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Materials

Student Handout

one copy per student (optional)

ACTIVITY
Lead a discussion on the topics of immigration and integration using these discussion points.

Teacher Information 

Materials

Teacher Information 

CLOSE-UP
This brief guide helps students learn key migration-related concepts and terminology.

Student Handout

one copy per student

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CLOSE-UP
In this case study, students learn how Japanese migration to and within the U.S. has shaped and been shaped by various government policies.

Materials

Student Handout

one copy per student

Teacher Information 

Students view a video of young Americans describing their families’ immigration stories, compare those experiences with the experiences described in "Case Study: Japanese Migration & the U.S.," and consider the wide diversity of immigrants and immigration experiences in the United States today. To end the lesson, students conduct research on an immigrant group in the United States or an immigration/integration-related policy of their choice.

Materials

Day Two

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Student Handout

one copy per group of 2–3 students (optional)

Teacher Information 

WATCH
Students watch a video of young Americans describing their families’ immigration stories and draw comparisons.

Video: Students Share Their Immigration Stories

Materials

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Teacher Information 

Student Handout

one copy per student

ASSIGNMENT
Let students conduct research on an immigration topic of their choice. 
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WATCH
View a montage of immigrants who have made a name for themselves in U.S. society and engage students in a class discussion.

Student Handout

one copy per student

Teacher Information 

Video: Celebrity Immigrants

Materials

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Teacher Information 

Student Handout

one copy per student (optional)

ACTIVITY
Show your students a few interesting facts about modern-day immigration to the United States.
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Teacher Information 

Student Handout

one copy per student (optional)

ACTIVITY
Lead a discussion based on what students have learned through their reading and assignment on Japanese migration.

Materials

PREFACE
This background reading will help prepare you to teach about immigration, integration, and citizenship.

Teacher Information 

Use these extension activities to extend the lesson and reinforce understanding.

Materials

Extension Activies

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Materials

Teacher Information 

Student Handout

one copy per student

ACTIVITY
Have students research an immigration-related issue in the news to develop a more nuanced understanding of modern immigration issues.
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Materials

Teacher Information 

Video: A Family Immigration Story: The Minetas​​

Student Handout

one copy per student

WATCH
Have students view "A Family Immigration Story: The Minetas," a short video vignette illustrating one Japanese family’s immigration experience.

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