What does it mean to be American? Who may live among us? These core questions have been at the heart of the debates around immigration throughout U.S. history. In this seminar, participants will explore how the choices of immigrants, policy makers, and other individuals both citizens and non-citizens alike have redefined the relationship between freedom and democracy and have shaped what it means to be American. The seminar will use as its lens the experiences of Chinese Americans from the 1800s to the present, raising questions about and highlighting tensions between race, democracy, and citizenship, historically and today.
In this seminar you will:
- Discover interdisciplinary teaching strategies and classroom activities that reinforce historical thinking and literacy skills, as well as themes of inclusion/exclusion, membership and belonging, and civic participation
- Explore resources that will enable you to create a three-week or longer unit on immigration using a variety of Facing History resources, including curricular texts, film, literature, and primary and secondary sources
- Receive a free copy of Facing History’s study guides, My Part Of The Story, and 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 educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides, and books & DVDs accessible through our free online lending library.
Recommended for 6-12th grade U.S. history, civics, American studies, humanities, or English language arts teachers committed to implementing a three-week or longer Facing History unit.
This seminar is presented in partnership with the Pao Arts Center.
Scholarships are available. Space is limited; registration does not guarantee admission. You may be contacted by a Facing History staff member to discuss your application.