The Poetry of Chinese Immigration

Numerous people from China immigrated to the US during the era of industrialization and expansion. Provide your class with a glimpse into the life of a Chinese immigrant through the poetry they left behind. They then compose a poem of their own from the perspective of a Chinese immigrant.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Connect between language arts and American history class
  • Provide optional poetic forms as guidance or support
  • Expand the assignment to include immigrants from any era in American history; have learners compare and contrast their experience with the challenges faced by Chinese immigrants
Classroom Considerations
  • Poems are available in both English and Chinese; if no one in your class can read Chinese, try to find an audio version of the poem
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Lesson plan is organized into a step-by-step process
  • Provides necessary worksheets, poems, and writing prompts
Cons
  • None