With this activity, students analyze the experiences of five different immigration groups that settled in the United States – Mexicans, Italians, Russian Jews, the Chinese, and Scandinavians (the Swedish and Norwegians). They can do so as stations or as part of a gallery walk. Each of the stations has a variety of primary sources with a heavy focus on photographs to tell the story of each group. Students also document the settlement locations of each of the groups by analyzing a settlement map. (It is not necessary for students to complete all of the stations, so you could cut one if needed.)
For an exit ticket, students pick the two groups who showed the most contrast and write a paragraph discussing those two groups and utilizing evidence from the graphic organizer.
Included within this resource:
- A PowerPoint version of the product (editable)
- A PDF version of the product (not editable)
- A Google Slides Version of the document (The link provided will prompt you to make your own file. You can then add that file to your drive and share with your students. Instructions are provided within the lesson plan.)
- A Detailed Lesson Plan
- An Answer Key for the graphic organizer
- A digital version of both the slides and the handout for students to complete
This lesson is linked with the following NYS standards, however, you could always include your own instead:
8.2a.2 – Students will compare and contrast immigrant experiences in locations such as ethnic neighborhoods in cities, rural settlements in the Midwest, Chinese communities in the Far West, and Mexican communities in the Southwest.
8.2b.2 – Students will examine the living conditions in urban areas with a focus on increasing population density and the effects that this growth had on the social, cultural, and economic lives of people.
© Copyright 2021 Peacefield History. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to copy pages specifically designed for student or teacher use by the original purchaser or licensee. This is intended to be used by one teacher unless additional licenses have been purchased. The reproduction of any other part of this product is strictly prohibited. Copying any part of this product and placing it on the Internet in any form besides Google Classroom is strictly forbidden. Doing so makes it possible for an Internet search to make the document available on the Internet, free of charge, and is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).