Lesson Plan

Educating European Immigrant Children Before World War I

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As if surviving a journey to America wasn't enough of a feat for early 20th century immigrants, they then needed to settle into American life. Learn about the ways New York public education attempted to meet the needs of its students, both American-born and those born in different countries, with a reading resource and set of discussion question.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a professional development seminar or staff meeting when discussing the history of American public education
  • Collect written responses to the reading as an exit ticket
  • Prompt learners to choose one question to expand into a longer essay
Classroom Considerations
  • Collaborative activity requires a lot of research and time, and doesn't necessarily address skills beyond presentation skills
  • Resource focuses on education and immigration in New York, but reading is applicable for any state
  • Provides interesting information in the context of a lesson in immigration
  • Learning English in a new country may be a topic members of your class can relate to
  • Comes with thought-provoking discussion questions
  • Includes a teacher guide for discussing controversial topics in the classroom
  • None
Common Core