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Teaching Chinese Immigration in the 19th Century: Lesson Plans and Resources

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Subject Social Studies — Social Studies, US History
Grade Level Grades 5-12
Resource Type Activity
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NGA Center/CCSSO
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This guide looks at the dynamic Westward Expansion period of U.S. history and examines the social, economic and political impacts of the wave of immigrants from China to the United States at that time.

Each lesson plan is designed to be flexible and adaptable based on the needs of your class. They can be used separately, together or in conjunction with any of the other recommended lessons and resources provided. The lesson plan “Immigrant Workers on the Transcontinental Railroad” invites students to explore the perception and treatment of Chinese and Irish immigrant workers on the Transcontinental Railroad through primary and secondary sources. The lesson plan “19th Century Legal Battles over Chinese Immigration” asks students to research some of the laws and court cases that systematically denied rights to Chinese immigrants. All the lessons in this guide ask students to do the critical work of making connections
between history and present day. Students will find that many acts of exclusion,resistance and inclusion from the 1800s still reverberate today, and they may be inspired to consider their place in this history as it continues.

More resources available at The Immigrant Learning Center at https://www.ilctr.org/promoting-immigrants/ilc-workshops/educators-2/

Standards

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.

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