"What is it Like to be an Outsider?”: Building Empathy for the Experiences of Immigrants

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This lesson plan highlights the struggles of immigrants and the importance of showing empathy. Beginning with a read-aloud of a book in another language and a poem, scholars take part in a thoughtful discussion. Then, the class examines a world map to identify where their family started. Finally, participants research the impact immigrants have on today's culture. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Emphasize the importance of respectful language; some vocabulary terms should not be used outside the lesson
  • If your class does not assign homework, plan extra time to complete those assignments during school hours
  • Pay special attention to how pupils react to activities; modify instruction if it's triggering or uncomfortable
  • Consider planning the lesson for Hispanic Heritage Month
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of three resources that explore immigration; the second and third resource target middle school and high school
  • Be sure to establish a safe and respectful learning environment before conducting the lesson
  • Requires a book, copies of handouts, chart paper, markers, a map, sticky notes, and pins
Pros
  • Builds empathy for others; stresses that discrimination and injustice are offensive
  • Highlights the significance immigrants have on our culture
  • Comes with extension activities
Cons
  • None