Objectives: Students will gain an understanding of the Following:
1. Why immigrants left Europe, Asia and the Southern Hemisphere for the
2. the difficulties immigrants faced when they arrived
3. an awareness of cultural diversity
6. the important contributions made by immigrants
10. the important contributions family members and members of the community
can be as research facilitators.
1. Why did these people immigrate to America (i.e. Irish/Potato
2. What are some customs, traits, foods, accomplishments, art forms which
3. What was the immigrants' voyage like?
4. Where did each group settle and why?
5. What problems had to be overcome?
6. What problems still remain today?
7. What important contributions did each group make to American culture?
The questions asked in the last bank of questions above work well, as they relate not only to the historic period, but they also level the students with global issues, bringing something not normally thought about by eighth grade students into their minds with relations to their own lives. Linking personal experiences with subjects like immigration and world culture makes it easier to grasp and become passionate about.
The way that the immigration aspect of US history is presented and portrayed during this lesson plan is very effective, especially as the lesson plan goes on to say that the evaluative process is to have the students create work about the subject in one of the following ways; creative writing, poetry, diaries, family trees or research papers.
This gives the students their own choice on what the outcome of their knowledge will be, and gives them free reign on creating it, which would naturally spark more of an interest, and hopefully produce better results.