Immigrant and Immigration Stories

Stories have the power to promote both understanding by being a window into others’ lives and empowerment by mirroring our own experiences. Watch videos and read written accounts by immigrants past and present, learn strategies for eliciting stories from your students, and share your story with others. Search below or use the “Browse” tab to explore a list of all available options.

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Best 15 Books about Immigration for Students

Recommended books to diversify your classroom library or summer reading list with stories of the immigrant experience

Nine Famous Latinx Immigrants

Nine concise, diverse Latinx immigrant stories to share with your class

Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative Toolkit

Experts in storytelling, the media and bilingual education give strategies for uplifting immigrant stories and empowering newly-arrived immigrant students.

Making a Digital Story

Curriculum for creating short videos of personal or family migration stories in a classroom or public workshop setting

Teaching Immigration with the Immigrant Stories Project

Three-unit curriculum for grades eight to adult using a library of original video stories made by immigrants and refugees

Book List: Immigrant/Refugee

Selection of books about immigrants and refugees that includes varied racial/cultural representation and a focus on #OwnVoices

Immigrant Nation (iNation)

Platform for creating, sharing and browsing immigration stories and short films, accessible in English, Spanish and French

English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories

Five steps for adopting an asset-based approach with EL students and related activities using New York Times resources

Moving Stories

An app to record, share and explore migration stories, and resources for educators

Your Story, Our Story

Stories of migration and cultural identity, past and present, featuring objects and traditions

My Voice - Their Stories

A digital story of the struggles of Chinese immigrant students at a Charlestown, MA, high school

I Learn America trailer

Video clip of documentary that follows five recent immigrants in their senior year at NYC’s International High School at Lafayette

Books That Explore the Refugee Experience

List of books for all grade levels on the experiences of refugees around the world

Books Matter: Children’s Literature

Book lists for various ages to bring challenging topics and diverse perspectives into the classroom

Voices of Witness Education Program

Oral history-based curricula based on Voice of Witness book series, trainings and educational supports for skill development

Waking Dream Curricula

Collection of short videos and accompanying curriculum following the lives and challenges of DACA recipients

Immigration Stories of Yesterday and Today

Interactive tours, virtual field trips, immigrant stories, immigration data and more from Scholastic
Title Description Tags Author
Use Immigration Narratives to Build a Sense of Belonging in Classrooms Blog post on thoughtfully engaging with your students’ immigration stories in the classroom article/report, elementary school, high school, middle school The Immigrant Learning Center
Best 15 Books about Immigration for Students Recommended books to diversify your classroom library or summer reading list with stories of the immigrant experience blog, book list, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle school The Immigrant Learning Center
Nine Famous Latinx Immigrants Nine concise, diverse Latinx immigrant stories to share with your class blog, high school, middle school, adult and higher education The Immigrant Learning Center
Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative: Jo Napolitano’s Story Profiles of immigrant students and autobiography from an immigration reporter video, early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education The Immigrant Learning Center
Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative: Discussion Educators and immigration experts discuss how to shape and share immigrant stories. video, early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education The Immigrant Learning Center
Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative Toolkit Experts in storytelling, the media and bilingual education give strategies for uplifting immigrant stories and empowering newly-arrived immigrant students. handout, early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education The Immigrant Learning Center
My Immigration Story Story of 16 year old Miriam Martinez from TEDxCarverMilitaryAcademy video, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organization TEDx Talks
I Learn America trailer Video clip of documentary that follows five recent immigrants in their senior year at NYC’s International High School at Lafayette video, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organization Jean-Michel Dissard
My Voice – Their Stories A digital story of the struggles of Chinese immigrant students at a Charlestown, MA, high school video, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organization Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Immersion: A Short Fiction Film Short film and lesson plans about a 10-year-old boy who has just immigrated from Mexico video, lesson plan, middle school, high school, adult and higher education Richard Levien, Director
Your Story, Our Story Stories of migration and cultural identity, past and present, featuring objects and traditions website, elementary school, middle school, high school Tenement Museum
Green Card Voices Project to capture immigrant stories through videos, books and programs website, middle school, high school, adult and higher school, community organization Green Card Voices
Leaving Family Behind: Understanding the Irregular Migration of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors Article focusing on why unaccompanied minors chose to leave their families and their experiences article/report, elementary school, high school, middle school excerpt from A Long Way to Go: Irregular Migration Patterns, Processes, Drivers and Decision-making, by Marie McAuliffe and Khalid Koser
Muslim Youth Voices Series of stories showing the many identities and experiences of Muslim Americans video, website, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organization Center for Asian American Media
Moving Stories An app to record, share and explore migration stories, and resources for educators website, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education Re-Imagining Migration
Building Bridges Through Storytelling: What Are Your Students’ Stories? Article, booklist and tips for helping ELLs tell their stories article/report, elementary school, middle school, high school Laura Grisso, Colorín Colorado
English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories Five steps for adopting an asset-based approach with EL students and related activities using New York Times resources article/report, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education Larry Ferlazzo and Katherine Schulten
A Guide to Producing Student Digital Storytellers Five tips for educating digital storytellers and subject-specific ideas for digital storytelling article/report, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education Michael Hernandez, EdSurge
Immigrant Nation (iNation) Platform for creating, sharing and browsing immigration stories and short films, accessible in English, Spanish and French website, video, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education iNation Media
Teaching Immigration with the Immigrant Stories Project Three-unit curriculum for grades eight to adult using a library of original video stories made by immigrants and refugees website, lesson plan, video, middle school, high school, adult and higher education University of Minnesota and The Advocates for Human Rights
Book List: Immigrant/Refugee Selection of books about immigrants and refugees that includes varied racial/cultural representation and a focus on #OwnVoices website, early childhood, elementary school Diverse Book Finder
Making a Digital Story Curriculum for creating short videos of personal or family migration stories in a classroom or public workshop setting website, lesson plans, high school, adult and higher education University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center
Immigration Stories of Yesterday and Today Interactive tours, virtual field trips, immigrant stories, immigration data and more from Scholastic website, elementary school, middle school Scholastic
Crossing Borders with Digital Storytelling Common Core-aligned lesson plan about writing digital stories to create empathy and understanding about immigration elementary school, middle school, high school, lesson plan Teach Immigration
Waking Dream Curricula Collection of short videos and accompanying curriculum following the lives and challenges of DACA recipients website, lesson plan, video, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organization iNation Media
Waking Dream Episodes Six-episode series showing the reality of young people in the DACA program video, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organization Indie Lens Storycast
Books That Explore the Refugee Experience List of books for all grade levels on the experiences of refugees around the world book list, elementary school, high school, middle school Edutopia
Books Matter: Children’s Literature Book lists for various ages to bring challenging topics and diverse perspectives into the classroom book list, elementary school, high school, middle school, website Anti-Defamation League
Voices of Witness Education Program Oral history-based curricula based on Voice of Witness book series, trainings and educational supports for skill development website, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organization Voices of Witness
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