Lesson Plan

Immigrant Discrimination

For a class learning about Chinese and Irish immigration in America, here's a great starting lesson plan. It has your critical thinkers examining song lyrics, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and a political cartoon, and finally answering a few questions to demonstrate their understanding of the sources.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Combine with other primary sources about the Chinese Exclusion Acts (examples found here: https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/chinese.html)
  • Have your historians find other primary sources from the time period that are also relevant to the issue of immigrant discrimination
Classroom Considerations
  • The original document of the Chinese Exclusion Act is difficult to read - for an easier read, use the transcript provided on the site
  • You can find audio of the song 'No Irish Need Apply' by searching for it on Youtube
  • Helpful primary source comparison chart provided
  • Great mix of primary sources
  • None
Common Core