What does it mean to be an American? Who may become an American? In this seminar, participants will explore these questions as they consider the history and contemporary realities of immigration in the United States. We will consider how the choices and actions of immigrants have shaped ideas about freedom and democracy and influenced what it means to be American. The seminar will highlight the experiences of Chinese Americans from the 1800s to the present and raise questions about tensions between race, democracy, and citizenship.
We will draw upon an array of Facing History resources, including curricular texts, film, literature, and historical sources. In addition, participants will experience the Museum of Chinese in America's permanent exhibition.
In this seminar you will:
Discover interdisciplinary teaching strategies and classroom activities that reinforce historical and literacy skills.
Be prepared to create a four week or longer unit on immigration using Facing History’s case study Becoming American: The Chinese Experience and infuse it into your U.S. history or literature curriculum.
Receive a free copy of Facing History’s Becoming American: The Chinese Experience
After this seminar you will:
Receive coaching and support as you plan and implement this unit in your classroom
Become part of the Facing History Educator Network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools
Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
Recommended for 6-12th grade U.S. history, civics, American studies, humanities, or English language arts teachers committed to implementing a four-week Facing History unit.
Space is limited; registration does not guarantee admission. You may be contacted by a Facing History staff member to discuss your application.
Scholarships are available.