Independent Lens

Independent Lens

From PBS.org’s The New Americans series. These lesson plans for The New Americans for grades 7-12 are available on the Web or as PDF documents. The PDF format provides a downloadable printed version of the lesson plan; Adobe Acrobat is required. The New Americans Series Guide and Activity Kit for higher education settings, including ESOL and professional development, is available through the Community Connections Project at itvs.org.

Teaching Immigration History

Teaching Immigration History

From teachinghistory.org. National History Education Clearinghouse. This is the link to a large collection of teacher resources including photographs, videos, and primary source documents for teaching immigration history.

Teaching Immigration with the Immigrant Stories Project

Teaching Immigration with the Immigrant Stories Project

Founded in 1965, the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) aims to transform how we understand immigration in the past and present. Along with its partner, the IHRC Archives, it is North America’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary research center and archives devoted to preserving and understanding immigrant and refugee life. The IHRC promotes interdisciplinary research on migration, race, and ethnicity in the United States and the world. It connects U.S. immigration history research to contemporary immigrant and refugee communities through its Immigrant Stories project. It advances public dialogue about immigration through its public programming, supports teaching and learning at all levels, and develops archives documenting immigrant and refugee experiences for future generations.

Emerging America: Immigrant History Through Primary Sources

Emerging America: Immigrant History Through Primary Sources

The Emerging America – Accessing Inquiry approach to making history and social studies accessible to all learners emphasizes the importance of showcasing the historical contributions of people with challenges that students can relate to. This includes the challenges of being an immigrant.

When America Despised the Irish: The 19th Century’s Refugee Crisis

When America Despised the Irish: The 19th Century’s Refugee Crisis

Christopher Klein, “When America Despised the Irish: The 19th Century’s Refugee Crisis,” History. 

“More than 150 years ago, it was the Irish who were refugees forced into exile by a humanitarian and political disaster. Explore this era of scorn the Irish initially encountered and find out how they became part of the American mainstream.”