Teaching Immigration Lesson Plans and Resources

Immigrants and immigration play a vital role in the curricula of all subjects, from social studies and English language arts to STEM and art. The ILC Public Education Institute compiled this collection of lesson plans, curricular units and resources to help you incorporate immigration into your existing curriculum. Search below or use the “Browse” tab to explore a list of all available options.

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Teaching Chinese Immigration in the 19th Century

Lesson plans and resources to teach about Chinese immigration in the 19th century

Teaching Immigration and the American Revolution

Lesson plans and resources about the role of immigration and immigrants during the American Revolution

Teaching Immigration and the Civil War

Lesson plans and resources about the role of immigration and immigrants during the Civil War

2022 Immigrant Student Success Toolkit

Resources and highlights from the 2022 Immigrant Student Success conference

Understanding the Refugee Experience: Welcome to the New World

Video of a teen refugee talking about his experiences in Syria, as a high school student in Connecticut, and more

Immigration Videos and Lesson Plans

Short, free videos that connect immigration's past and present; includes lesson plans and resources for teachers

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

#ImmigrationSyllabus

Syllabus with a chronological overview of U.S. immigration history and salient current issues such as xenophobia and deportation policy

Teaching People's History

Teaching activities and resources reflecting the lens of history used in best-selling book "A People’s History of the United States"

Latin American Resource Guide, Professional Development Series, Vol. 1

Resource guide with three workshops for K-12 educators to introduce their students to Latin American and Caribbean art forms

Latin American Resource Guide, Professional Development Series, Vol. 2

Resource guide with three workshops for K-12 educators to use Latin American and Caribbean music to engage with civic issues

Becoming Us

Collection of resources for teaching inclusive and accurate immigration narratives

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

Global Boston Lesson Plans

A growing set of resources for educators on immigration history in Greater Boston

Understanding Migration

Resources to help learners develop an informed perspective on our shared experiences of migration before, during and after the journey

Tenement Museum Lesson Plans

Resources that support multi-state History-Social Studies and English Language Arts and can be used with or without a museum visit

Primary Source

Professional development programs and resources to help make global civics and cultural education a part of every student’s experience

Share My Lesson Immigration Lesson Plans and Resources

Dozens of rich, engaging resources to teach about immigration policy, history and awareness with preK through 12 students

Islamic Networks Group Lesson Plans & Online Curriculum

Several lessons for middle school through college audiences, teaching about Muslims and their faith

The Immigration Detention Syllabus

Sixteen-part series of readings and tools to support education, research and action to examine the U.S. immigration detention system

Art & Remembrance Lesson Plans

Lessons based on the art and story of one Holocaust survivor connect to contemporary human migration and human rights issues

Anti-Defamation League Immigration Lesson Plans

K-12 lessons that promote critical thinking and learning around historical and current diversity and social justice topics

Out of Eden Learn

Online platform for students age 3-19 from diverse geographic and socioeconomic settings to have a collective learning experience

Immigrant History Initiative Lesson Plans

User-friendly lesson plans designed to promote social justice, community building, and youth empowerment and voice
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Understanding the Refugee Experience: Welcome to the New World Video of a teen refugee talking about his experiences in Syria, as a high school student in Connecticut, and more high school, middle school, video, social studies The Immigrant Learning Center
Welcome to the New World Curriculum and Learning Guide Curriculum about refugees, the migrant experience, the Syrian Civil War and other topical issues high school, lesson plan, middle school, social studies, English language arts The Immigrant Learning Center
Teaching Chinese Immigration in the 19th Century Lesson plans and resources to teach about Chinese immigration in the 19th century high school, lesson plan, middle school, social studies The Immigrant Learning Center
Teaching Immigration and the American Revolution Lesson plans and resources about the role of immigration and immigrants during the American Revolution high school, lesson plan, middle school, social studies The Immigrant Learning Center
Teaching Immigration and the Civil War Lesson plans and resources about the role of immigration and immigrants during the Civil War high school, lesson plan, middle school, social studies The Immigrant Learning Center
2022 Immigrant Student Success Toolkit Resources and highlights from the 2022 Immigrant Student Success conference toolkit, elementary school, high school, middle school The Immigrant Learning Center
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
Immersion: A Short Fiction Film Short film and lesson plans about a 10-year-old boy who has just immigrated from Mexico video, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, social justice and civics Richard Levien, Director
Immigration Videos and Lesson Plans Short, free videos that connect immigration’s past and present; includes lesson plans and resources for teachers video, lesson plan, middle school, high school Retro Report
Making a Digital Story Curriculum for creating short videos of personal or family migration stories in a classroom or public workshop setting adult and higher education, high school, lesson plan, website Immigration History Research Center
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, English language arts Diverse Book Finder
Immigrant History Initiative Lesson Plans User-friendly lesson plans designed to promote social justice, community building, and youth empowerment and voice social studies, elementary school, middle school, high school, lesson plan Immigrant History Initiative
Angel Island Curriculum Guides Curriculum and other resources for teaching about the history of Angel Island social studies, lesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high school Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation
Global Immigration Resources Nearly 200 lesson plans and resources on global migration from Facing History and Ourselves social studies, English language arts, social justice and civics, elementary school, middle school, high school Facing History and Ourselves
Out of Eden Learn Online platform for students age 3-19 from diverse geographic and socioeconomic settings to have a collective learning experience website, elementary school, middle school, high school Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Anti-Defamation League Immigration Lesson Plans K-12 lessons that promote critical thinking and learning around historical and current diversity and social justice topics lesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high school, social studies, social justice and civics Anti-Defamation League
Art & Remembrance Lesson Plans Lessons based on the art and story of one Holocaust survivor connect to contemporary human migration and human rights issues social studies, English language arts, art, social justice and civics, lesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high school Art & Remembrance
The Immigration Detention Syllabus Sixteen-part series of readings and tools to support education, research and action to examine the U.S. immigration detention system social studies, lesson plan, high school, adult and higher education Freedom for Immigrants
Islamic Networks Group Lessons Several lessons for middle school through college audiences, teaching about Muslims and their faith religion, social studies, lesson plan, middle school, high school Islamic Networks Group
Share My Lesson Immigration Lesson Plans and Resources Dozens of rich, engaging resources to teach about immigration policy, history and awareness with preK through 12 students social studies, lesson plan, early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high school Share My Lesson
Learning for Justice Immigration Lessons Lesson plans centered around the topic of immigration social studies, English language arts, lesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high school Learning for Justice
Teach Immigration Lesson Plans K-12 lesson plans on U.S. immigration from Teaching Immigration social studies, English language arts, lesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high school Teach Immigration
Public Broadcasting Lessons on Immigration Lesson plans, videos, audio and documents about U.S. immigration from PBS science, social studies, math, English language arts, health and wellness, lesson plan, early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high school PBS Learning Media
Primary Source Professional development programs and resources to help make global civics and cultural education a part of every student’s experience social studies, website, elementary school, middle school, high school Primary Source
Tenement Museum Lesson Plans Resources that support multi-state History-Social Studies and English Language Arts and can be used with or without a museum visit social studies, English language arts, lesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high school Tenement Museum
Understanding Migration Resources to help learners develop an informed perspective on our shared experiences of migration before, during and after the journey social studies, English language arts, website, elementary school, middle school, high school Re-Imagining Migration
Global Boston Lesson Plans A growing set of resources for educators on immigration history in Greater Boston social studies, website, high school, lesson plan Global Boston
Latin American Resource Guide, Professional Development Series, Vol. 1 Resource guide with three workshops for K-12 educators to introduce their students to Latin American and Caribbean art forms arts, elementary school, middle school, high school, article/report Institute of Latin American Studies; Urban Arts Partnership
Latin American Resource Guide, Professional Development Series, Vol. 2 Resource guide with three workshops for K-12 educators to use Latin American and Caribbean music to engage with civic issues arts, elementary school, middle school, high school, article/report Institute of Latin American Studies; Urban Arts Partnership
Immigration History Galleries, articles and videos on immigration throughout U.S. history social studies, website, elementary school, middle school, high school History.com
Immigration Stories of Yesterday and Today Interactive tours, virtual field trips, immigrant stories, immigration data and more from Scholastic social studies, English language arts, 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 English language arts, digital literacy, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, lesson plan Common-Core aligned immigration lesson plan developed by the AIC’s Community Education Center
Becoming Us Collection of resources for teaching inclusive and accurate immigration narratives English language arts, social studies, middle school, high school National Museum of American History
Waking Dream Curricula Collection of short videos and accompanying curriculum following the lives and challenges of DACA recipients English language arts, social studies, lesson plan, middle school, high school, adult and higher education iNation Media
Waking Dream Episodes Six-episode series showing the reality of young people in the DACA program English language arts, social studies, video, middle school, high school, adult and higher education Indie Lens Storycast
Teaching People’s History Teaching activities and resources reflecting the lens of history used in best-selling book “A People’s History of the United States” English language arts, high school, middle school, social studies, website Zinn Education Project
Teaching Central America Free downloadable lessons, bios, and poetry and prose from Central American writers social studies, English language arts, science, website, elementary school, middle school, high school Teaching for Change
#ImmigrationSyllabus Syllabus with a chronological overview of U.S. immigration history and salient current issues such as xenophobia and deportation policy social studies, website, lesson plans, high school, adult and higher education Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society
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 adult and higher education, high school, lesson plan, middle school, video, website The Immigration History Research Center and The Advocates for Human Rights
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