This activity was originally designed to serve as a review for a unit on American immigration (approx. 1880-1925), but could also serve as the vehicle for an interactive and student-centered presentation of this information.
This download includes 12 cards. Each of which has a summary of a topic related to US immigration or discussion questions. Each student should receive a card. They will then find a partner. Give each partnership 2-3 minutes to meet. Each student will explain their information to their partner or facilitate a discussion with their partner based on the discussion question on their card. After the time is up, have them separate and find a new partner and continue the process. (For larger classes, double the cards and color-code each set. Pink cards will only partner with other pink cards, yellow cards will only partner with other yellow cards.)
Cards include the following topics: push and pull factors, Ellis Island, Angel Island, Chinese Exclusion Act, Emergency Quota Act of 1921 and the Immigration Act of 1924.