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Library of Congress page featuring immigrant interviews. Searchable by regions of the world.



Library of Congress "Port of Entry: Immigration" activity for students. Set up as  'history detectives' activity with photographs of immigrant life.




Good modules on a variety of topics, including immigration. Includes background, resources, primary documents, lesson plans, etc. on a multitude of topics.




Lots of great links to immigration sites here on "research starters".




Lesson plans, units, worksheets, and other resources on immigration and Ellis Island for the elementary level




Hi, Everyone! One of the kids I tutor just got the coolest book, and I wanted to create this page for us to share ideas and resources to use in the classroom. The book was part of a series called "Interactive History Adventure"  - they're Choose Your Own Adventure book based on real events and the choices of actual people in history. He was reading the one about the Battle of Bunker Hill, which doesn't really fit here, but they also have one on the Irish in America:




and I saw one about the California Gold Rush and the Japanese Internment on Amazon as well. I haven't actually  looked through them, but I thought they might be cool to check out!




Book recommendation from Jim Hayes

I came accross an interesting book in the school library in Manchester, MA. It is a graphic novel called "The Arrival" by Shaun Tan. There are no words but rather images that depict the new world as seen through an immigrant's eyes. This is a different method of looking at the immigrant experience through the drawings of an artist and not the words of an historian. He chooses a multi-racial protaganist and does not focus on any one ethnic group. Here is an exerpt from a book review done by Gene Luen Yang in the New York Times in November of 2007:

“The Arrival” tells not an immigrant’s story, but the immigrant’s story. Its protagonist, a young father with vaguely Eurasian features, leaves his home to create a better life for his family in a distant land of opportunity. He struggles to find a job, a place to stay and a sense of meaning in his new existence. Along the way he befriends other, more established immigrants. He listens to their stories and benefits from their kindnesses. The young father reunites with his family as “The Arrival” draws to a close, and the distant land finally becomes home.

Here is the link to the full review: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/books/review/Yang-t.html 


Picturing America (by the National Endowment for Humanities) has reproductions of 40 major American works of art that can be organized by theme (democracy, leadership, courage, freedom, etc.) along with resources associated with each piece. It's pretty cool! http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/


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