“Shut the Door”: A Senator Speaks for Immigration Restriction

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Senator Ellison DuRant Smith's speech, delivered to Congress on April 9, 1924, urging a total restriction of immigration, is the text used in this reading comprehension exercise. Readers cite evidence directly from the speech to respond to text-based questions and consider the implications of Smith's remarks to respond to a series of discussion questions.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Compare Senator Smith's arguments for a closed-door immigration policy to the arguments used in the debate surrounding current immigration policy
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity assumes class members have studied rhetorical devices and how they are employed in speeches
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  • A safe classroom environment for the discussion of controversial issues is required
Pros

  • The questions include close reading and analysis of the text
Cons

  • None