This is a resource I use in my high school classroom during a unit on the Progressive Era. One of the topics during this unit is immigration during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Students learn about the differences between Old and New Immigrants as well as immigration policies on the east and west coast.
Included in this resource is a worksheet given to students. The first part of the assignment is a poem analysis and interpretation activity. Students are provided with 3 different poems that Asian immigrants scratched into the walls of their detention center at Angel Island. Students are asked to read the poems and translate their meanings into their own words.
The second part of the assignment is a RAFT writing assignment in which students take on the role of an immigrant that is writing a letter to relatives that are still in their home country. The students are given 7 topics that they need to include information about in the letter they compose.