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This Immigration Political Cartoon Analysis activity for US History includes 11 primary source political cartoons from between 1869 and 1941 for students to analyze. Each cartoon has either positive or negative views of America's immigration policies.
For each cartoon, students determine who the target is (Chinese, Irish, Italian, etc), whether it is pro or anti immigration, and provide an analysis of the cartoon's message. A chart is included for students to use either in groups or as a station activity to promote discussion of each one.
A reflection activity includes six short answer questions for debriefing and to allow students to think about how attitudes toward immigrants have changed (or not changed) and their feelings on immigration policies.
An editable Google Doc version of the activity and complete answer key for the chart are both included for your convenience.
This is a great cooperative learning or individual activity that will show your students how little has changed over 150 years regarding feelings toward immigrants and has led to wonderful discussions in my classes about immigration. I hope you find this as powerful as it has been in my classes!
This activity can also be downloaded as part of my Gilded Age Unit Plan Bundle!
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