Lesson Plan

Who are Immigrants?

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What do Jerry Yang, Patrick Ewing, John Muir, Charlize Theron, Peter Jennings, and Saint Frances X Cabrini all have in common? They are all immigrants to the United States. Famous and not-so-famous immigrants are the focus of a resource that asks class members to first research and role play interviews with famous people before conducting interviews to learn the migration stories of a person of their choice. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide class members with rubrics that will be used to evaluate the interview activity and the written report
  • Select one interview from each of the seven categories and ask the teams to perform for the entire class
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires multiple copies of multiple handouts
  • The first in a series of 13 resources designed to be used in order
  • The 10-page packet includes tips for teachers that suggest ways to deal with issues that may arise
  • Instructions for the activity include suggested interview questions
  • A list of famous immigrants is included for the research project
  • No rubrics are included