Lesson Snapshot

1. Engage:  Students will analyze individual modern immigration stories. Each story details how a particular person immigrated to Colorado. Students will identify push and pull factors and summarize the story they chose. Once students have finished reading, they will discuss what they learned and identify common threads that exist in each immigrant story.

2. Explore: Students will read a handout on immigration during the late 19th century, using a reading strategy like “Whylighting” or “Thinking Notes” while reading to note the reasons why immigrants chose to leave their homelands, where they settled, and what life was like for them in the U.S.

3. Explain: Students will discuss the handout as a whole class, with the teacher guiding them and expanding on the information with a powerpoint slideshow.

4. Extend/Expand: Students will jigsaw primary sources from immigrants, nativists, and advocates of Americanization programs to develop a deeper understanding of the immigrant experience in the late 19th-early 20th centuries.

5. Evaluate: Students will participate in a 4-Corners over an essential question before completing one of the following for an individual assessment: A) assume the role of a federally-commissioned immigration reporter and write a account of the average immigrant experience (where from, push/pull factors, and experience upon arrival) OR B) create a comic strip that summarizes the (1) reasons for immigration (push/pull factors), (2) immigrant arrival and settlement patterns, and (3) treatment/attitudes toward immigrants.