Native Voices in November: A Booklist for Students, Parents & Educators

Native Voices in November: A Booklist for Students, Parents & Educators

Native Voices in November: A Booklist for Students, Parents & Educators, put together by the New York Public Library: November is Native American Heritage month. It’s a time to share and remember the history of the Native people who were the first people of this land and continue to be an essential and indelible part of the landscape. This land we walk on is Native land. This booklist is not a Thanksgiving booklist. These titles highlight Native voices and stories that will evoke curiosity in young readers to explore and develop a better knowledge and understanding of Native peoples and communities.  Organized by elementary, middle, and high school. 

George Lucas Educational Foundation. Teaching Poetry of the Immigrant Experience.

George Lucas Educational Foundation. Teaching Poetry of the Immigrant Experience.

‘I’m From’ poems, multicultural poetry collections, and the poetic artifacts of immigration history can teach valuable language arts as well as the rich tapestry of American culture. Bringing poems about the immigration experience into the classroom engenders cultural understanding and empathy. It highlights the human aspect of immigration often occluded by political rhetoric, and it engages youth voice. The site contains six ways to teach poetry of the immigrant experience in the classroom.

Global Citizen. “14 Photos That Show America’s Long History of Immigration.”

Global Citizen. “14 Photos That Show America's Long History of Immigration.”

The Immigrants’ showcases the diversity of people who came to the US in hopes of finding safety and living the “American Dream.” People from around the world came to the US, passing through New York’s Ellis Island and California’s Angel Island — dubbed “the Ellis Island of the West.” And though most of the images featured in the exhibition are from the first half of the 20th century, they are poignantly relevant to today’s immigration discussion.

Education World

Education World

Best Instructional Videos on Immigration. Education World has scoured the Internet to bring you the most insightful and comprehensive educational videos on the topic of immigration. For each video, we include a description and grade level.

Best Children’s Books. “Immigrant Stories in Early American History.”

Best Children’s Books. “Immigrant Stories in Early American History.”

Any day is a good day for a story about immigrant experiences, since the characters in these books embody hope, sacrifice and determination–character traits we’d like to see all our students embrace. The children’s books discussed here are great resources for your immigration lesson plans. Some would make for great read alouds, others would be perfect for required student reading lists. This selection of books will help bring the immigrant experience to life for your students. Grades K – 5

Seeking More Freedom!

Seeking More Freedom!

History Teaching Institute, Ohio State University. “Seeking More Freedom!” In the early 1900s, immigration to American reached a peak. Most of these newcomers settled in American cities. As machinery displaced Americans who worked on farms, they also poured into the cities. Many Americans criticized the immigrants for taking jobs away from Americans because they were more willing to accept lower wages. During World War I (1914-1918), European immigration declined. It picked up after the war, and debate about how to regulate immigration to the United States resumed. In 1921 the U.S. congress adopted a quota system severely restricting immigration from southern and eastern Europe.

Irish Immigration to the United States

Irish Immigration to the United States

History Teaching Institute, Ohio State University. “Irish Immigration to the United States.” Brief overview of the how various immigrant groups have been accepted with a focus upon the Irish. Discussion of the melting pot concept of immigration and how it compares to the ‘salad bowl’ concept of immigration. Discussion of what it means to be a citizen of a country. 7th and 8th grade

Immigration in U.S. History: Through the Eye of Editorial Cartoons

Immigration in U.S. History: Through the Eye of Editorial Cartoons

History Teaching Institute, Ohio State University. “Immigration in U.S. History: Through the Eye of Editorial Cartoons.” Generally students focus more on the causes of immigration and the perspectives of the immigrants themselves in a segmented, period by period view of immigration. This should have already been covered in class. In this lesson, students will relate the past of U.S. immigration to the present media conversation through a thematic, domestic perspective. Through an analysis of political cartoons dealing with immigration and racism from the 19th century through the present, students will make inferences about the opinions, biases and fears of Americans of these periods relating to the social, political, and economic effects of immigration. 9th grade

A Picture’s Worth: Analyzing Historical Photographs in the Elementary Grades

A Picture’s Worth: Analyzing Historical Photographs in the Elementary Grades

SocialStudies.org. “A Picture’s Worth: Analyzing Historical Photographs in the Elementary Grades.” A Lesson Plan for Analyzing an Authentic Photograph. When using historical pictures in the classroom, teachers should assume that students will need the most help drawing their observations together to reach conclusions about the lives of people at a particular time. Sets of photographs—along with probing questions and graphic organizers—can help students develop these important skills of authentic historical inquiry.

Scholastic. Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today

Scholastic. Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today

Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today shares with students the many reasons people come to America and how they’ve helped create our rich and diverse country. Through several learning activities (mostly for grades 3–8) at this site including oral histories of recent and historic immigrants, an Ellis Island history lesson, data analysis, research skills, and several graphing activities, students get a comprehensive look at immigration. Take a tour of Ellis Island, explore an interactive immigration timeline, and meet young immigrants in this online activity!