Immigration Lesson Plan

 

CA History Social Science Standards


11.8 Students analyze the economic boom and social transformation of post-World War II America.

11.8.2 Describe the significance of Mexican immigration and its relationship to the agricultural economy, especially in California.

 

11.11.1 Discuss the reasons for the nation's changing immigration policy, with emphasis on how the Immigration Act of 1965 and successor acts have transformed American society.

 

Visual Arts

3.0 Historical and Cultural Context Understanding the Historical Contributions and Cultural Dimensions of the Visual Arts. Students analyze the role and development of the visual arts in past and present cultures throughout the world, noting human diversity as it relates to the visual arts and artists.

 

Essential Question: Who should we let in?

 

Assessment: Design a fair immigration policy.  Explain why it is an example of progress. 

Write an immigration policy for the United States. 

  • Who will you accept? Exclude?  Why? 
  • What will be the impact of your legislation? 
  • Use at least three case studies from history to support your ideas.     

 

Vocabulary

  1. Immigrant
  2. Push factors
  3. Pull factors
  4. Chinese Exclusion Act
  5. Immigration Quotas
  6. Displaced Persons Act
  7. Refugee
  8. Bracero Program
  9. Hart-Cellar Act
  10. Wage

 

Day 1

Time: 1.5 hours

Objective: To define immigration, explore the causes of immigration and examine key immigration policies

 

Activity

Min.

Materials

Warm up:  Describe your family’s immigrant journey.  

  1. How did your family come to Los Angeles?  
  2. Why did your family come to Los Angeles?
  3. What were the struggles your family experienced after they arrived in LA?

10

 

Vocabulary

  • Immigrant
  • Push factors
  • Pull factors

10

PP

Case Studies:

Directions: Split class into groups of four.  Present the case.  Give each group an opportunity to discuss.  Have one person from each group share out.  Have students take notes on what actually happened.  Each case study cycle should be 15 min.

  1. Case 1: Chinese Exclusion Act
  2. Case 2; Immigration Quotas
  3. Case 3: Displaced Persons Act
  4. Case 4: Hart-Cellar Act

60

PP

 

Immigration Case Studies

Reflection

 

 

HW: Interview someone from your neighborhood.  Describe their immigrant journey and the push and pull factors that brought them to LA.  Post to Ning  

 

 

 

Day 2

Time: 1 hour

Objective: To examine the impact of immigration – Case study: Bracero Program

 

Activity

Min.

Materials

Warm up:

  1. What is the difference between an immigrant and an alien? 
  2. Why does our society have different terms for people who move to our country?

10

 

Bracero Program

  • Examine each artifact.  Explain what the impact of the Bracero Program was.

20

PP Slides  

Share Out

20

 

Reflection

10

 

HW: Describe the Bracero Program.  (5W’s and H) Was the Bracero Program a good policy?  Why or why not?  Post to Ning (1 paragraph)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3

Time: 1.5 hours

Objective: To synthesize the information learned about immigration

 

 

Activity

Min.

Materials

Warm Up: Identify arguments in favor or in opposition to immigration today. 

10

 

Political Cartoon

Design a political cartoon that shows whether the Bracero program was a success or a failure. 

 

30

Political Cartoon

Art Criteria Chart

Essay:

Write an immigration policy for the United States.  Address the essential question, “Who should we let in?” in a five paragraph essay. 

60

Essay Writing Graphic Organizer

Writing Rubric

HW:

  • Edit, type and submit essay to Ning
  • Read two other essays on Ning and comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

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