The Rights of Migrants in the United States Lesson Plan: Traveling Suitcases

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Two activities bridge English language arts and social studies to take an inside look into immigration. Scholars interview a family member or someone they know who immigrated here. A crafted suitcase features information obtained in the interview. Participants draft a story about themselves or another person's journey. Peers share their story then rewrite it in a fictional style. A written and spoken reflection concludes the lesson. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Place all suitcase materials on a table along with a large envelope or bag, direct pupils to fill their envelope that way they are fully prepared to complete their craft in or outside the classroom
  • Make the Our Town display on a bulletin board for all to see when they visit the classroom 
  • Invite someone to speak to the class about their journey to Our Town
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider your population's homelife—this topic may be sensitive to some
  • A variety of writing and craft materials are required 
Pros

  • Includes an extension activity 
  • The plan is clearly written and easy to follow
Cons

  • None