Emerging America offers a variety of inquiry-based, teacher-designed lessons that demonstrate strategies to enliven historical content through engaging learning activities–and incorporating a rich mix of primary sources. In particular, the resources section features the following lesson plans and primary source sets that align Immigrant History with common U.S. History topics. Here are a few sample source sets and lesson plans:
- Worlds Collide: First Contact Between Columbus and the Taino
- Immigration: The Making of America
- Immigration During the Progressive Era: Intro to Primary Sources
- Child Immigrant Experiences of Early 1900s and Today
- Immigration and WWI
- Immigration versus Nativism
- In or Out: Race and Disability as Legal Barriers to Immigration
- Historical Fiction: Setting Study through Primary Sources of the Novel Esperanza Rising
- Modern America: Radical Labor Movement: Radical Labor in the Age of Reform (1877-1920)
- Puerto Rican Identity
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Global Boston: Global Boston is a digital project chronicling the history of immigration to the Boston region since the early nineteenth century. Examining different time periods and ethnic groups, the site features capsule histories, photographs, maps, documents, and oral histories documenting the history of a city where immigrants have long been a vital force in shaping economic, social and political life. An excellent class project would be to develop a comparable set of resources for their own region or city.