Four Immigrant Groups: Their Lives and Music

Fourth graders examine the experiences of four immigrant groups. Class members brainstorm a list of misconceptions of those groups and discuss if these perceptions are still present today. Using maps, groups locate the countries of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Cuba, and research why emigrants left their home country. To end the instructional activity, researchers compare and contrast the music of the four countries.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource as part of a study of the Caribbean or as part of a world music festival
Classroom Considerations

  • Instructors must provide audio versions of the music
Pros

  • Includes personal narrative of emigrants from each country
Cons