Immigration

Immigration Unit Scope

This document supports teachers in organizing the content and tasks for a unit of study

Essential Questions

These questions guide teachers in driving instruction for students.

How does Immigration...

  • affect America’s population and diversity?
  • affect people’s lives both positively and negatively?
  • create controversy?
  • teacher’s choice

Key Topics

These topics are critical themes within the big topic area.

Early Immigration Modern Immigration Policies Modern Immigration Stories

Recommended Newsela Materials

The most relevant articles are in the first text set. The additional text sets include materials to address the topics.

Articles

This section is organized by subtopic so that teachers can match relevant content to critical themes. These articles can help you target student understanding for each key topic.

Early Immigration Modern Immigration Policies Modern Immigration Stories

Time Machine (1892): The first immigrants arrive at Ellis Island

Chinese-Americans learning more about ancestors who built railroad

Chinese-Americans remember a time when U.S. law excluded most Chinese

Issue Overview: Immigration Reform

“Sixty years of progression wiped Clean,” contends one Muslim American

Senate passes immigration overhaul; House prospects in doubt

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear controversial immigration case

Immigration officials decide to increase release rates

Laws help undocumented families feel more safe

Issue Overview: Skilled Immigrants

Trump walks back talk of forcing out 11 million undocumented people

PRO/CON: Should U.S. governors be able to block Syrian refugees?

Refugee children making dangerous trip to safety in Europe without parents

After years of war, young people leave Iraq, making it hard to rebuild

Number of children illegally crossing U.S. border alone has tripled

Violence in Central America forces many people ou

Kids who crossed U.S. border alone find schools are safe havens

Record number of illegal immigrant children a challenge for South Florida

Some young immigrants face education hurdle to stay in U.S.

Program helps children who are refugees

Formative Tasks

The tasks are organized by subtopic and provide teachers with relevant resources for classroom implementation. Teachers can use these activities and assessments to determine student learning.

Early Immigration Modern Immigration Policies Modern Immigration Stories

PRO Activities

Lesson Plan

Contributions of Chinese Immigrants

PRO Extensions

  • Recommended Annotations
  • Teacher Annotations

PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: What challenges did early immigrants face in the United States?

Prompt B: How did early immigrants to the U.S. affect current infrastructure, geography, and culture?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

 

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resource

“Sixty years of progression wiped clean,” contends one Muslim America

PRO Teacher Resources

Issue Overview: Immigration Reform

PRO Extensions

  • Recommended Annotations
  • Teacher Annotations

PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: In your opinion, what changes need to be made to immigration policy?

Prompt B: What challenges may immigrants face when Trump takes office in January 2017? How does the president influence immigration in the United States?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resource

Kids who crossed U.S. border alone find schools are safe havens

Lesson Plan

Living in the Shadows: Immigration

PRO Extensions

  • Recommended Annotations
  • Teacher Annotations

PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: Why do immigrants come to the United States and what is their experience like once they get here?

Prompt B: Compare and contrast the experience of immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st century.

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder

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