Immigration: Why Come to the United States?

Don't limit your curriculum to texts! Young historians listen to a song, read an interview, and examine a cartoon as they explore motivations for immigrating to the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • When finished, compare to some of the modern debates surrounding immigration in the US: why do immigrants want to come to the USA today?
  • Have students search for and examine other songs that deal with immigration
Classroom Considerations

  • The link for the interview with Rosa Bolognese DaDamio is broken, but you can find the interview and others online
  • To access the flipchart file, you'll need a piece of software that can open .flipchart files
Pros

  • The inclusion of the Neil Diamond song helps pupils think about the relationship between music and controversial issues
Cons

  • None
Common Core