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

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

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
TitleDescriptionTagsAuthor
Use Immigration Narratives to Build a Sense of Belonging in ClassroomsBlog post on thoughtfully engaging with your students’ immigration stories in the classroomarticle/report, elementary school, high school, middle schoolThe Immigrant Learning Center
Best 15 Books about Immigration for StudentsRecommended books to diversify your classroom library or summer reading list with stories of the immigrant experienceblog, book list, early childhood, elementary school, high school, middle schoolThe Immigrant Learning Center
Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative: Jo Napolitano’s StoryProfiles of immigrant students and autobiography from an immigration reportervideo, early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher educationThe Immigrant Learning Center
Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative: DiscussionEducators and immigration experts discuss how to shape and share immigrant stories.video, early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher educationThe Immigrant Learning Center
Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative ToolkitExperts 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 educationThe Immigrant Learning Center
My Immigration StoryStory of 16 year old Miriam Martinez from TEDxCarverMilitaryAcademyvideo, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organizationTEDx Talks
I Learn America trailerVideo clip of documentary that follows five recent immigrants in their senior year at NYC’s International High School at Lafayettevideo, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organizationJean-Michel Dissard
My Voice – Their StoriesA digital story of the struggles of Chinese immigrant students at a Charlestown, MA, high schoolvideo, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organizationBoston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Immersion: A Short Fiction FilmShort film and lesson plans about a 10-year-old boy who has just immigrated from Mexicovideo, lesson plan, middle school, high school, adult and higher educationRichard Levien, Director
Your Story, Our StoryStories of migration and cultural identity, past and present, featuring objects and traditionswebsite, elementary school, middle school, high schoolTenement Museum
Green Card VoicesProject to capture immigrant stories through videos, books and programswebsite, middle school, high school, adult and higher school, community organizationGreen Card Voices
Leaving Family Behind: Understanding the Irregular Migration of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking MinorsArticle focusing on why unaccompanied minors chose to leave their families and their experiencesarticle/report, elementary school, high school, middle schoolexcerpt from A Long Way to Go: Irregular Migration Patterns, Processes, Drivers and Decision-making, by Marie McAuliffe and Khalid Koser
Muslim Youth VoicesSeries of stories showing the many identities and experiences of Muslim Americansvideo, website, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organizationCenter for Asian American Media
Moving StoriesAn app to record, share and explore migration stories, and resources for educatorswebsite, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher educationRe-Imagining Migration
Building Bridges Through Storytelling: What Are Your Students’ Stories?Article, booklist and tips for helping ELLs tell their storiesarticle/report, elementary school, middle school, high schoolLaura Grisso, Colorín Colorado
English Language Learners and the Power of Personal StoriesFive steps for adopting an asset-based approach with EL students and related activities using New York Times resourcesarticle/report, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher educationLarry Ferlazzo and Katherine Schulten
A Guide to Producing Student Digital StorytellersFive tips for educating digital storytellers and subject-specific ideas for digital storytellingarticle/report, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher educationMichael Hernandez, EdSurge
Immigrant Nation (iNation)Platform for creating, sharing and browsing immigration stories and short films, accessible in English, Spanish and Frenchwebsite, video, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher educationiNation Media
Teaching Immigration with the Immigrant Stories ProjectThree-unit curriculum for grades eight to adult using a library of original video stories made by immigrants and refugeeswebsite, lesson plan, video, middle school, high school, adult and higher educationUniversity of Minnesota and The Advocates for Human Rights
Making a Digital StoryCurriculum for creating short videos of personal or family migration stories in a classroom or public workshop settingwebsite, lesson plans, high school, adult and higher educationUniversity of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center
Immigration Stories of Yesterday and TodayInteractive tours, virtual field trips, immigrant stories, immigration data and more from Scholasticwebsite, elementary school, middle schoolScholastic
Crossing Borders with Digital StorytellingCommon Core-aligned lesson plan about writing digital stories to create empathy and understanding about immigrationelementary school, middle school, high school, lesson planTeach Immigration
Waking Dream CurriculaCollection of short videos and accompanying curriculum following the lives and challenges of DACA recipientswebsite, lesson plan, video, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organizationiNation Media
Waking Dream EpisodesSix-episode series showing the reality of young people in the DACA programvideo, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organizationIndie Lens Storycast
Books That Explore the Refugee ExperienceList of books for all grade levels on the experiences of refugees around the worldbook list, elementary school, high school, middle schoolEdutopia
Books Matter: Children’s LiteratureBook lists for various ages to bring challenging topics and diverse perspectives into the classroombook list, elementary school, high school, middle school, websiteAnti-Defamation League
Voices of Witness Education ProgramOral history-based curricula based on Voice of Witness book series, trainings and educational supports for skill developmentwebsite, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, community organizationVoices of Witness
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