Ever since I first watched "Immigrants: We Get the Job Done" on the Hamilton Mixtape, I knew I wanted to design an entire lesson (& US History thematic unit) around the music video. The lyrics, symbols, and scenes paint a diverse portrait of how immigrants live in America today. I use this music video and the lesson as a whole to introduce my students to our immigration thematic unit where we trace immigration over time and examine American attitudes towards immigrants, past and present. If you're looking for a lesson that connects past and present attitudes, this is for you!
The lesson begins with a warm up focused on the American Dream. Next, there's a brief, engaging lecture giving an overview of US patterns of immigration focusing on the 20th and 21st centuries (think-pair-shares, as always, included throughout the lecture).
Next, students review push/pull factors that bring immigrants to the United States through a brainstorming activity.
Your students will then examine and analyze Emma Lazarus' poem, "The New Colossus" which is the famous one on the base of the Statue of Liberty. They will discuss whether Americans have the same attitudes represented in the poem towards immigrants today.
This will prepare students to watch and analyze the music video "Immigrants: We Get the Job Done". The provided graphic organizers are designed so that you can focus on each scene of the music video or just a few of your choice. If you want students to analyze each scene, you'll need at least three 50-minute periods. However, if you want to choose one or two scenes to watch, you can do this entire lesson in two 50-minute class periods or one 90-minute block period.
Either way, students will complete a deep reflection worksheet after analyzing and discussing the video as a class.
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