April 27 – June 5, 2015

Testing 4/27-5/8




            During this unit, we will be learning about the many groups of immigrants, some of them our ancestors, who have come to the United States since the 1850s.  We will learn what factors pushed people to emigrate from their homes and what factors pulled them to immigrate to America. We will also analyze how this diverse population affected and contributed to the American experience.  An important component of this unit will be a study of immigration in the town of Mansfield and the experiences of some of these immigrants.  We will bring our study of immigration up to date by examining current immigration concerns. 

Unit Goals

  1. Students will be able to identify the reasons many immigrants left their homelands to come to America.
  2. Students will be able to use primary sources to draw conclusions about the immigrant experience and to identify local immigration patterns.
  3. Students will come to a deeper understanding of the immigrant experience by role playing immigrant characters during our Ellis Island simulation.
  4. Students will discuss present day immigration issues and propose solutions for them.


Unit Requirements

  1. Actively participate in class activities.  As always, you will receive grades for each class activity.


  2. Find out about your family history, ethnicity, culture, and/or immigration stories.  Some families will have a wealth of information while others will have more limited material. Record the following information on a 5 x 8 index card:

Bring the completed card to class on Thursday, April 30 (SS 1) or Friday, May 1 (SS 2, 3, 4, 5)

3.   Read Chapter 18, Section 4 (pages 624-629) and “An Immigrant’s Journey” (pages 630-631)   and complete the "take-home 'quiz'."   Turn it in at the beginning of class on Friday, May 8-all classes


4.Read “The History of the Jewish Farmer in Eastern Connecticut” and complete the assignment you choose.  Due in class on Thursday, May 14 (SS 1, 3) or Friday, May 15 (SS 2, 4, 5)



5.    Write an autobiography of your character role for our Ellis Island Simulation.  Explain

(Due in class Tuesday, May 26-all classes))


  6.  Actively participate in the Ellis Island Simulation by role playing your character and working   cooperatively with your "family" and the immigration officials.  Please see the Ellis Island Simulation Scoring Rubric for information about grading requirements for the simulation.

Be prepared with your role information and your costume for our simulation on Wednesday, May 27.

    As a culmination of the simulation you will write a letter home to a member of your family who   remained in your home country. You should include


7.   Please see the Ellis Island Letter Rubric for grading requirements and details.  Your hand-written letter is due  in class on Monday, June 1 (all classes).



8.   Prepare for a unit test on Thursday, June 4 (SS 1, 3) or Friday, June 5 (SS 2, 4, 5)   




Extra credit option; prepare food from your culture for the class.  Talk to your teacher to arrange this.