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Immigration - 6 day unit - PRINTABLE with PowerPoint and all handouts

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U.S. Immigration – 6 day PRINTABLE
This product includes a PowerPoint presentation with corresponding PDF files all compressed within a zip file. This unit is ready to print and implement. It takes 6 class days. This United States Immigration PowerPoint presentation accompanies six lessons with worksheets. The unit can be purchased in its entirety or individually as needed for your classroom. The unit is designed for an eighth grade social studies classroom and includes lessons covering:

Why America? Push or Pull?
Included in this download: complete lesson plan, two worksheets (with key) and a mini quiz.

• Ask your students if they would ever think about moving and living somewhere else? Follow this up by asking them where and why? Explain to them that there are two factors involved in their decision. Are they attracted to a different location or is there something unlikable about where they presently live?
• Introduce the terms immigrate, emigrate, and push/pull factors.
• Distribute Push/Pull Worksheet and read the historical context to your students. Ask your students to work with a partner, read each example, and evaluate whether or not it is an example of a “push” or “pull” factor.
• Discuss each example and provide further background information.
o You may use my Immigration power-point presentation slides 1-16. (on this site)
• Analyze the U.S. Immigration Chart on the back of the handout. Direct the students to answer the questions about the chart. Introduce or reteach the concept of trends.
• For the closure activity, discuss the answers to the questions and probe their opinions about what the best reasons were to come to the United States [Evaluate the “pulls”].

Included is a mini two-question quiz!

Old Way v. New Way
This is a one day lesson within an Immigration Unit (included on this site). It also corresponds with the PowerPoint (also on this site). There is a complete lesson plan with student handout and a student handout key.

The lesson procedure:

Discuss with your students the differences between the two immigration stories. The discussion should involve questions about where they were from, when they arrived, where they settled, and what kinds of jobs did they take? You could then ask them to predict how each would have adapted to American society.
• Introduce or reteach the students the terms old wave immigrants, new wave immigrants, tenements, and sweatshops.
• Distribute the Old Wave v. New Wave handout. Read with them and locate on a map of Europe their countries of origin. Feel free to review push and pull factors.
• Based on the readings(included in lesson plan), have the students compare and contrast the differences between the Old and New Wave immigrants by completing the chart.
• Discuss their answers and model correct responses.
o Use my Immigration Power-point presentation slides 17-24
Nativist Movement; New Immigrants; Quotas and Immigration Act of 1924
This is a one day lesson on The Nativist Movement, new immigrants, quotas, and the Immigration Act of 1924. There are two informational text excerpts with places to complete short responses based from the text. There is also a chart to interpret with a response to follow. There is a key included for this two page student worksheet.

"New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus
This is a one day lesson that would be implemented with an immigration unit. The lesson gives background about immigration changes from the 19th to 20th century, and then states the poem, "New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. The student interpret the poem and discuss unknown vocabulary. The students look for the symbolic importance of the poem and determine why this poem is quoted at the base of the Statue of Liberty. The lesson culminates with two multiple choice and one short response question.

The Industrial Society – outline
This is a two page document, ready to print and distribute, that includes a key. It emphasizes old wave/new wave and the Nativists during the early 1900's. The outline corresponds with the Immigration Unit and PowerPoint presentation (as found on this site). It is to be used within the eighth grade Immigration Unit as found on this site.

"Oh, Danny Boy!" St. Patrick's Day lesson.
This is a lesson on the traditional Irish song, Oh, Danny Boy within an 8th grade social studies immigration unit.

The lesson begins with the lyrics of the song (you would need to find a recording if you chose to listen to the tune) with eight leveled, short response questions to follow. The questions discuss the lyrics and popularity of the song. Then, the questions link to the theme of immigration.

I try to conduct this lesson on St. Patrick's Day, as it coincides with the CCLS but also addresses the holiday.

This PowerPoint would guide the Immigration Unit as found on this site. It takes 6 class days.
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