Immigration Primary Sources and Writing

Immigration Primary Sources and Writing
Immigration Primary Sources and Writing
Immigration Primary Sources and Writing
Immigration Primary Sources and Writing
Immigration Primary Sources and Writing
Immigration Primary Sources and Writing
Immigration Primary Sources and Writing
Immigration Primary Sources and Writing
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Dig deep into the content of the mid-1800’s while your students explore the essential question “How did immigrants contribute to the growth of the United States” through primary sources and background essays in this Immigration DBQ.

Students will begin this lesson with a hook – listening to the song “Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You” while they analyze the song for historical content and culture. They will then read a background essay and discuss three immigrant groups' contributions to the United States – the Germans, the Irish and the Chinese. After they have completed the “Stop and Discuss” questions embedded into the essay, they will analyze different primary sources on three different documents. An outline will then be used to guide students in the final step, writing an essay using the documents.

When you purchase this activity, you will receive:

-a lesson plan including 8th grade TEKS

-a hook based off of the “Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You” song

-a 4 page background essay on “Immigration to the United States” in the mid-1800’s.
Topics include the push and pull factors, nativism, economic and cultural contributions, Hudson River School, the Transcontinental Railroad, and the building of the Erie Canal

-Stop and Discuss questions embedded into the background essay

-three primary source documents including poems, songs, paintings, photographs and reports

-handouts for guiding students through the essay

Don't have time for a writing assignment? Consider placing your students into groups of 3 - assign each student a different topic and then debate the essential question!

***UPDATED January 2017 with a WORD WALL***

Do you like this style of teaching? Check out the bundle Immigration and Industrialization
and these other activities for US History!

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