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

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

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

#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

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 WorldVideo of a teen refugee talking about his experiences in Syria, as a high school student in Connecticut, and morehigh school, middle school, video, social studiesThe Immigrant Learning Center
Welcome to the New World Curriculum and Learning GuideCurriculum about refugees, the migrant experience, the Syrian Civil War and other topical issueshigh school, lesson plan, middle school, social studies, English language artsThe Immigrant Learning Center
Teaching Chinese Immigration in the 19th CenturyLesson plans and resources to teach about Chinese immigration in the 19th centuryhigh school, lesson plan, middle school, social studiesThe Immigrant Learning Center
Teaching Immigration and the American RevolutionLesson plans and resources about the role of immigration and immigrants during the American Revolutionhigh school, lesson plan, middle school, social studiesThe Immigrant Learning Center
Teaching Immigration and the Civil WarLesson plans and resources about the role of immigration and immigrants during the Civil Warhigh school, lesson plan, middle school, social studiesThe Immigrant Learning Center
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
Immersion: A Short Fiction FilmShort film and lesson plans about a 10-year-old boy who has just immigrated from Mexicovideo, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, social justice and civicsRichard Levien, Director
Making a Digital StoryCurriculum for creating short videos of personal or family migration stories in a classroom or public workshop settingadult and higher education, high school, lesson plan, websiteImmigration History Research Center
Immigrant History Initiative Lesson PlansUser-friendly lesson plans designed to promote social justice, community building, and youth empowerment and voicesocial studies, elementary school, middle school, high school, lesson planImmigrant History Initiative
Angel Island Curriculum GuidesCurriculum and other resources for teaching about the history of Angel Islandsocial studies, lesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high schoolAngel Island Immigration Station Foundation
Global Immigration ResourcesNearly 200 lesson plans and resources on global migration from Facing History and Ourselvessocial studies, English language arts, social justice and civics, elementary school, middle school, high schoolFacing History and Ourselves
Out of Eden LearnOnline platform for students age 3-19 from diverse geographic and socioeconomic settings to have a collective learning experiencewebsite, elementary school, middle school, high schoolProject Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Anti-Defamation League Immigration Lesson PlansK-12 lessons that promote critical thinking and learning around historical and current diversity and social justice topicslesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high school, social studies, social justice and civicsAnti-Defamation League
Art & Remembrance Lesson PlansLessons based on the art and story of one Holocaust survivor connect to contemporary human migration and human rights issuessocial studies, English language arts, art, social justice and civics, lesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high schoolArt & Remembrance
The Immigration Detention SyllabusSixteen-part series of readings and tools to support education, research and action to examine the U.S. immigration detention systemsocial studies, lesson plan, high school, adult and higher education Freedom for Immigrants
Islamic Networks Group LessonsSeveral lessons for middle school through college audiences, teaching about Muslims and their faithreligion, social studies, lesson plan, middle school, high schoolIslamic Networks Group
Share My Lesson Immigration Lesson Plans and ResourcesDozens of rich, engaging resources to teach about immigration policy, history and awareness with preK through 12 studentssocial studies, lesson plan, early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high schoolShare My Lesson
Learning for Justice Immigration LessonsLesson plans centered around the topic of immigrationsocial studies, English language arts, lesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high schoolLearning for Justice
Teach Immigration Lesson PlansK-12 lesson plans on U.S. immigration from Teaching Immigrationsocial studies, English language arts, lesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high schoolTeach Immigration
Public Broadcasting Lessons on ImmigrationLesson plans, videos, audio and documents about U.S. immigration from PBSscience, social studies, math, English language arts, health and wellness, lesson plan, early childhood, elementary school, middle school, high schoolPBS Learning Media
Primary SourceProfessional development programs and resources to help make global civics and cultural education a part of every student’s experiencesocial studies, website, elementary school, middle school, high schoolPrimary Source
Tenement Museum Lesson PlansResources that support multi-state History-Social Studies and English Language Arts and can be used with or without a museum visitsocial studies, English language arts, lesson plan, elementary school, middle school, high schoolTenement Museum
Understanding MigrationResources to help learners develop an informed perspective on our shared experiences of migration before, during and after the journeysocial studies, English language arts, website, elementary school, middle school, high schoolRe-Imagining Migration
Global Boston Lesson PlansA growing set of resources for educators on immigration history in Greater Bostonsocial studies, website, high school, lesson planGlobal Boston
Latin American Resource Guide, Professional Development Series, Vol. 1Resource guide with three workshops for K-12 educators to introduce their students to Latin American and Caribbean art formsarts, elementary school, middle school, high school, article/reportInstitute of Latin American Studies; Urban Arts Partnership
Latin American Resource Guide, Professional Development Series, Vol. 2Resource guide with three workshops for K-12 educators to use Latin American and Caribbean music to engage with civic issuesarts, elementary school, middle school, high school, article/reportInstitute of Latin American Studies; Urban Arts Partnership
Immigration HistoryGalleries, articles and videos on immigration throughout U.S. historysocial studies, website, elementary school, middle school, high schoolHistory.com
Immigration Stories of Yesterday and TodayInteractive tours, virtual field trips, immigrant stories, immigration data and more from Scholasticsocial studies, English language arts, website, elementary school, middle school Scholastic
Crossing Borders with Digital StorytellingCommon Core-aligned lesson plan about writing digital stories to create empathy and understanding about immigrationEnglish language arts, digital literacy, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education, lesson planCommon-Core aligned immigration lesson plan developed by the AIC’s Community Education Center
Waking Dream CurriculaCollection of short videos and accompanying curriculum following the lives and challenges of DACA recipientsEnglish language arts, social studies, lesson plan, middle school, high school, adult and higher educationiNation Media
Waking Dream EpisodesSix-episode series showing the reality of young people in the DACA programEnglish language arts, social studies, video, middle school, high school, adult and higher educationIndie Lens Storycast
Teaching People’s HistoryTeaching 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, websiteZinn Education Project
Teaching Central AmericaFree downloadable lessons, bios, and poetry and prose from Central American writerssocial studies, English language arts, science, website, elementary school, middle school, high schoolTeaching for Change
#ImmigrationSyllabusSyllabus with a chronological overview of U.S. immigration history and salient current issues such as xenophobia and deportation policysocial studies, website, lesson plans, high school, adult and higher educationImmigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society
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 refugeesadult and higher education, high school, lesson plan, middle school, video, websiteThe Immigration History Research Center and The Advocates for Human Rights
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