How can immigration lead to conflict and/or progress?
- Students will compare and contrast historical immigration policies to current immigration policies in the United States to understand why it is a controversial topic.
- Students will analyze how the refugee crisis affects individuals and nations by considering differing perspectives on refugees and immigration.
- Students will reflect on how perspectives and policies surrounding immigration and refugees affect national policy on education, health care, worker’s rights, and national security.
Immigration Venn Diagram
After reading articles from the Election Issues: Immigration Text Set and the Time Machine article “The first immigrants arrive at Ellis Island”, students will compare and contrast the United States’ evolving perspectives and policies about immigration.
- Guiding Questions: How have American perspectives on immigrants changed, or have they stayed the same? How has immigration policy changed over time?
The Refugee Activities
Point of View Writing
After reading the Election Issues: The Refugee Crisis Text Set, students will write from varied perspectives on the refugee crisis.
- Perspectives: Syrian refugee, United States politician opposed to refugees, United States politician supportive of refugees, American citizen, European citizen, Central American unaccompanied minor.
- Writing Prompt: How do you think refugees should be treated? Include evidence to support your point of view.
- Conclusion/Discussion: Have students read from their point of view and discuss how these perspectives could work together to remedy conflict.
I believe that _____ because ____.
- Teacher Note: Students will complete this statement as a culminating reflection for each issue to inform their final election decisions.
Extended Writing or Discussion
Guiding Question: How do immigrants and refugees affect national policy on education, health care, worker’s rights, and national security?
Use the polling questions as a pre- or post-formative assessment to gauge student interest and engagement with election issues. Share the polling links below with your students so that they can monitor their beliefs throughout the election season.