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An immigrant group’s “culture capsule” is created in this multidisciplinary lesson
Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, Art
Title – American Immigration
By – Scott Jamison
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Math, Art, Language Arts
Grade Level – 7th
- 1. Research a particular ethnic group that has migrated to the United States.
- 2. Create a “culture capsule” containing artifacts and information pertaining to a particular immigrant group.
- 1. Immigrant group:
- 2. Gateway City: Identify and describe the Gateway City for your immigrant group.
- 3. When did this group of people first arrive in the United States?
- 4. Identify and describe the push/pull factors that brought about the migration?
- 5. Determine whether the migration was either, chain migration and/or channelized
- migration. Describe the characteristics associated with the migration type.
- 6. What is the current population of this immigrant group within the United States?
- 7. Where do the majority of these people live? (States or region of the U.S.)
- 8. List AND describe the laws that directly targeted your immigrant group.
- 9. What issues, (problems/conflicts) exist between the immigrant population and the American born population?
- 10. What has this ethnic group contributed to American culture? (Food, music, dance, clothing, art, science, inventions, holidays, etc.) Give specific examples.
- 11. Ellis Island: Write an extended response describing the history and significance of Ellis Island to your immigrant group.
- *Items #2-8 below AND the “Research Questions” must be displayed inside the box. Decorate the shoebox in a manner that reflects the immigrant’s home country.
- 1. Flag of immigrant’s home country. (Displayed on the outside, top cover of shoebox)
- 2. Map of the immigrant group’s home country. Identify the location/area within the home country where the majority of your emigrant group migrated from.
- 3. U.S. map showing the locations where large communities of these people live today. (Label states or regions on map and shade the area in gray.)
- 4. Drawing, picture, or model of Ellis Island AND an extended response describing the history and significance of Ellis Island to American immigration.
- 5. Bar graph comparing the current numeric population of your immigration group to the current United States population.
- 6. Circle graph illustrating the % of the immigrant’s population in relationship to the U.S. total population
- 7. Illustrations or pictures that represent events or laws that have affected this group
- 8. Examples of this group’s contributions to American culture (i.e., customs, holidays, beliefs, foods, music, clothing, etc.) Use pictures, drawings, artifacts, etc. to illustrate these.
- Research questions: 60 pts.
- Culture capsule: 40 pts.
- 1. Describe 3 similarities and 3 differences between your culture and the culture of the ethnic group you researched. (Do not simply list the similarities and differences)
- 2. Why is it important to understand other people’s cultural heritage? (Use information from your research and include your own opinion on this issue)
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