Lesson Plan

Nativism and Myths about Immigrants

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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 myths associated with one of these nine different periods. The lesson concludes with pairs using reliable sources to gather facts to challenge current immigration myths.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research English Only movements and such propositions as California's Proposition 227 that was drafted by Ron Unz, recent examples of nativism, and immigrant myths
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson comes with the warning about the disturbing content of pictures and information, and its necessity for inclusion in the context of the lesson
  • A protocol must be in place for respectful discussion of sensitive issues
  • While the Immigration Policy Center’s 2010 report is used in this lesson, the 2015 report is available online
  • Requires out-of-class-time to prepare materials, including multiple copies of multiple pages
  • The 10th in a series of 13 lessons designed to be used in order
  • The 38-page packet includes a detailed plan, images, and discussion questions
  • Also included is a checklist that can be used to determine the reliability of a source as well as a list of anti-immigration organizations
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