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Immigrant's Suitcase

Creative Writing Assignment - Pack your suitcase

Imagine you are moving to a new country with your family. For this exercise you are allowed to pack only one suitcase. What kinds of things will you need to pack to bring with you and why? Consider with the weather and climate may be like, how you will keep yourself from getting bored and what you will need with you in your new country.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 4 – Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount and experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Standard 2 – Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through the selection, organization and analysis of relevant content.

Standard 3 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well structured event sequences.

Historic Simulation - Role Playing

Using readings and research on immigration, write and present a short narrative to your class from the point of view of a new immigrant in the early 1900s. Describe why you decided to come to America, how you traveled and what your new life is like. 

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 – Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 3 - Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Standard 6 – Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

Standard 9 – Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgably.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Standard 7 – Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 4 – Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount and experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Reading for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 – 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.

Standard 7 – Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Standard 8 – Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Standard 9 – Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Research Project - Family ties

Bring in an object or two that relate to your personal family history. This might include: a family heirloom, a family document, or even a story passed down by your parents or grandparents about how your ancestors came to America. Link this project into a discussion of how keeping personal family histories is crucial to preserving family lineage and local history.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 4 – Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount and experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 3 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well structured event sequences.

Standard 7 – Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Reading for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 – Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Classroom Discussion - Life Aboard a Passenger Ship

With your class, discuss what life would have been like aboard a transatlantic passenger liner in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Consider the possibility of not being accepted through immigration, which was the case for 2% of travelers. What would living conditions be like? How would you keep occupied for the months at sea?

Common Core State Standards Connections

 

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 2 – Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

 

Standard 3 - Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

 

Standard 6 – Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

 

Standard 9 – Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgably.

 

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 – Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

 

Reading for Information, Grades 6-12

 

Standard 7 – Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

 

Standard 8 – Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

 

Standard 9 – Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.