To assess the impact of immigration on the history and development of the United States.
1 class period
This lesson begins with a fun Contest in which students must complete 35 sentences with the appropriate words, names, and terms from a list. These statements cover things such as why people migrated to the United States, where they came from, and how immigration affected the growing country. Later in the period, have students exchange papers. Read the answers, then determine which class members have won the contest.
Following the Contest, students construct a circle graph using figures from the first census in 1790. It shows the various nationalities that made up the population of the United States at that time. There are also true/false follow-up questions.
Next, class members will shade in a bar graph to show the number of immigrants who came to the United States during each 10-year period from 1820 to 1959. They will also print historical events on the graph. Students learn how historical events, economic conditions, and laws passed by Congress have affected the number of immigrants coming to the United States. After completing the bar graph, there are additional true/false questions.
The lesson concludes with a Map Exercise that illustrates where large numbers of immigrants came from, and which parts of the United States they settled in. Class members will also write the names of famous immigrants, the countries they came from, and the contributions they made to America on the map. This is followed by a Thought Question pertaining to the lines of poetry on the Statue of Liberty to help students develop critical thinking skills.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.