Students have read about why the United States and Canada each proudly claim the title "a nation of immigrants." In this lesson they will study the history of non-Native American immigration in the United States, from colonization through the present. They will find out what groups came at different times in history and why they came. They will also see a glimpse of what life was like for immigrants.
Students will use the Library of Congress's Learning Page about immigration in the United States to study various aspects of the phases of immigration in the United States. They will answer four questions and will then design a new monument symbolizing the freedoms and ideals of the United States.
- Students will be able to describe immigration patterns during various time periods in U.S. history and explain why people have immigrated to the United States.
- Students will be able to discuss the symbolic importance of the Statue of Liberty and design a new and different monument to symbolize the ideals of the United States.
Applied Content Standards
Standard 12: The geographically informed person knows and understands the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement.
Standard 13: The geographically informed person knows and understands how the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surface.
Student Web Activity Answers
1—4. Students' answers will vary depending upon which dates and immigrant groups they have chosen.
5. Students' designs and models will vary but should symbolize the values, freedoms, and ideals of the United States.
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