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