Lesson: Immigration in America: Life in America

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Lesson Objective

By the end of the lesson, SWBAT describe what life was like for many immigrants when they came to America at the turn of the 20th century.

Lesson Plan

 

KEY POINTS.

 

·       Immigrants came to United States at the turn of the 20th century for many reasons.

·       Immigrants came to the U.S. to escape famine, and poverty in their home countries.

·       Immigrants came to the U.S. to try their hand at achieving the American Dream and capitalizing on the boom of the big business.

·       Immigrants came to the U.S. to join their families that moved in waves.

·       Many Immigrants came from Europe because of the extensive famine in Ireland, and the disparity in wealth.

·       Life in America was often difficult for immigrants – they didn’t speak English, they were poor, etc.

·       Many immigrants lived in big cities when they first came to America.  

·       Essential Question: “Why did an immigrant come to America at the turn of the 20th century?” “What was life like in America for immigrants”

·       Vocabulary: Immigrants, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Russia, China, American Dream, tenement houses.

ASSESSMENT.

 

T will informally assess their knowledge by asking different questions during the Power Point.

T will grade the Ss answers to the graphic organizer that they filled out while watching An American Tail.

 

CONNECTION TO THE GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARD

 

 

SS5H3 The student will describe how life changed in America at the turn of the

century.

 

d. Describe the reasons people emigrated to the United States, from where they

emigrated, and where they settled.

 

 

1. OPENING ( 5 min.)  

 

Teacher:

·       At the start of the lesson, T will put the following starter on the board: “What do you think would be some challenges for people once they left Ellis Island and entered America?”  

·       T will have the Ss write their starter down.

·       T will ask the Ss to share out their starter.

·       T will explain the objective for the day: By the end of the lesson, SWBAT describe what life was like for many immigrants when they came to America at the turn of the 20th century.

Students:

·       Ss will make a mind movie

·       Ss will discuss.

·       Ss will ask questions.

2. INTRODUCTION OF NEW MATERIAL (20 min.)

 

Teacher:

·       T will have show a brief Power Point about life in America for immigrants

·       T will emphasize the following things:

·       Most immigrants settled in big cities where could find some family or find communities that were similar to those that they came from.

·       Many immigrants lived in tenement houses – small, run down apartments.

·       T will discuss how many immigrants lived either in New York where Ellis Island was, or if they came from China or Mexico, California, Arizona, or other places in the western part of the United States.

·       T will discuss how many immigrants came with nothing, did not know the language, and had to get jobs that were not pleasant although they may have been educated in their previous country.

·       T will stop to ask questions in order to check for understanding

·       T will have the students fill out a graphic organizer.

·       T will the Ss read three stories about immigration.

Students:

·       Ss will answer and ask questions.

·       Ss will answer the problems on their graphic organizer.

3. GUIDED PRACTICE (30 min.)

 

Teacher:

·       T will tell the Ss that they are going to watch part of An American Tail

·       T will tell the students that while this is a cartoon, the messages in the movie pertain to what life was like for many immigrants.

·       T will tell the Ss to fill out the graphic organizer as they watch the movie.

·       T will tell the Ss that they will be watching specific clips, and not the whole movie because there is not enough time.

Students:

·       Ss will watch the movie

·       Ss will fill out a graphic organizer while watching the movie.

·       Ss will take notes and analyze the plot of the movie.

·       Ss will ask questions.

4. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE (30 min.)

 

Teacher:

·       T will monitor the Ss as they watch American Tail

·       T will stop the film periodically to ensure that Ss are making the connections between the movie and what happened in reality.

Students:

·       Ss will watch the movie and take notes/answer questions about the movie.

·       Ss will ask questions as they arise.

5. CLOSING (5 min.)

 

Teacher:

·       As a closing, T will have the Ss reflect on the movie by discussing their notes with a partner.

·       T will review the key points.

·       T will preview the next lesson by giving the Ss a study guide for an quiz/exam on immigration and a quiz/exam on America's rise in power. 

Students:

·       Students will answer questions.

·       Students will ask any last minute questions.

REINFORCEMENT

HOMEWORK (if appropriate)

Study for the Immigration Test and the America's Rise to Power Test for next class

 

Teacher's Reflection:

Although it can be hard to locate An American Tail, I really found that this cartoon does a great job hitting on the central themes of an immigration unit. I also found that while watching the film, it was really important to stop frequently to ask clarifying questions to the students to make sure they understood the film's metaphors. 

Lesson Resources

America at the Turn of the Century - Lesson 9 - Immigration Life in America - An American Tail Questions and Writing Prompts   Activity
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America at the Turn of the Century Unit - Immigration Exam Study Guide   Notes
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America at the Turn of the Century Unit - American Rise to Power and Expansion Exam Study Guide   Notes
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