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Nativism and Myths about Immigrants

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Where do anti-immigrants myths come from, and how can they be refuted? Learners critically analyze media reports and how to identify reliable sources. After studying a timeline that details the history of US nativism, groups research the...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Exposing Anti-Immigration Sentiment

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The debate about immigration reform continues. To gain a deeper understanding of the issues involved, class members first examine a photo of an anti-immigration rally. Groups then conduct an internet search for an image that presents an...
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Immigration and Prohibition

For Teachers 8th - 12th
A comprehensive look at the prohibition debate through the lens of immigration gives scholars intriguing material for a debate and essay of their own. They watch four video clips (find these on the PBS website), discussing issues in...
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A Cold Reception: Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in the United States

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students compare anti-immigration movements in United States history. In this immigration lesson plan, students participate in classroom activities that require them to analyze music, images, and videos that reveal the immigration...
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Immigration Debates in the Era of "Open Gates"

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Young social historians examine immigration debates of the early 20th century through primary sources, such as political cartoons. They analyze the material, discuss their findings, and complete a critical thinking worksheet. All...
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Federalists v. Anti‐Federalists

For Teachers 8th Standards
Here is a solid lesson plan to support your instruction on the Continental Congress and the Articles of Confederation. It includes close analysis of primary source images, a guided notes template and answer key, and many key points to...
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Teaching The Great Gatsby: A Common Core Close Reading Seminar

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The 41 slides in a professional development seminar model how to use close reading techniques to examine the many layers of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. In addition to passages from the novel, slides provide biographical...
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The Immigration Debate: A Lesson from Viva La Causa

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students study the social justice issues of the immigration debate. In this immigration instructional activity, students examine the role of undocumented Latino workers as they explore how trade policies and competition influence...
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Irish Immigration in 1800s “Was the Treatment of Irish Immigrants as Second-Class Citizens Justified?”

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Here are a few words you don't hear fifth and sixth graders saying every day; nativism, xenophobia, subversive, and chauvinistic nationalism. As they gather around for a rousing discussion about the treatment of Irish immigrants, they'll...
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Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Lesson: Immigration

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Many of your class members will have heard of Executive Order 9066 and the Japanese internment camps of World War II. Some may even recognize the terms “Issei” and “Nisei,” but few will have heard of Enemy Alien Hearing Boards, of the...
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The Red Scare

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Young scholars identify and interpret issues of Nativism and Protectionism in early 20th Century America. They analyze the roots of anti-immigrant movements in the Post-World War One United States. Finally, students identify and explore...
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Chinese Exclusion Broadside Analysis

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
New ReviewRacism against Asian American goes deep in American history. Using a broadside in favor of the Chinese Exclusion Act, class members examine clues—with key portions of the document blacked out—to better understand the roots of anti-Asian...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Xenophobia

For Students 8th - 12th
In this historical events worksheet, students analyze an anti-immigration political cartoon and respond to 3 talking point questions.
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White Anti-Racist Biographies: Early Grades

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research white anti racists including Laurie Olsen, Myles Horton, and others. In this anti racist lesson plan, students complete an online treasure hunt where they research these people and fill in the blanks to sentences about...
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The Chinese Expulsion Act of 1880

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students examine the Chinese Expulsion Act of 1880. In this History instructional activity, students explore the issues of immigration and exclusion surrounding the Chinese Expulsion Act. Students will use a variety of primary sources to...
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We Were Strangers Too: Learning About Refugees Through Art

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Did you know that "in the largest refugee crisis since World War II, more the 64 million people have been forced from their homes"? The Anti-Defamation League presents an activity that asks class members to examine a series of artworks...
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Study Guide: America at the Turn of the Century

For Students 9th - 12th
America changed a lot as the 20th century dawned. Budding historians can use this study guide to prepare for an end-of-the-chapter review. There are 15 vocabulary words, eight places of significance, five important people, 14 topics to...
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Editorial Cartoons: A Historical Example of Immigration Debates

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders analyze political cartoons.  In this American History lesson plan, 11th graders research the Chinese Exclusion Act and the current arguments about immigration to the United States.  Students create a graphic organizer...
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Minorities Ruled

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate various European political parties with anti-immigration agendas. They examine and write written reports concerning the party goals of exclusion or restriction of immigrants in their societies. Students present...
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Irish in the U.S. in the 19th Century

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Sixth graders examine how racial categories have changed over time.  In this history lesson, 6th graders discover that the Irish were not considered white for most of the 19th century and occupied a place of racial ambiguity in America. 
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World War II - The Holocaust

For Teachers 5th - 6th
The Holocaust is the focus of this world history PowerPoint. Viewers are presented with important facts regarding the Holocaust, and the rise of Nazi Germany. They must answer questions such as: "Describe Nazi anti-Semitism in the...
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Interpreting the Past; Assessing Its Impact on the Present

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Even though the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt ended over 100 years ago, we can still learn something from his stances and policies that is applicable today. Class members first look over a list of prevalent political issues from the...
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Migrants and Immigration Jigsaw

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students examine facts and recognize that racism, prejudice and discrimination can result from ignorance. They brainstorm for common myths based on stereotyping. Students share their findings with their classmates.
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Australian Settlers

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students interpret graphs and research events to identify links between events in the world and the arrival and plight of immigrant groups. They discuss the myths about immigration.

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