A core question has been at the heart of U.S. immigration debates: What does it mean to be American? While the answers shift with perspective and time period, all are laden with complex messages of identity and equity, membership and belonging. To confront this requires us to disrupt established narratives of American identity, of assimilation, and of the U.S. as a “nation of immigrants,” and reckon with the legacies of migration, both voluntary and forced, that exist today within, at, and beyond borders.
In this seminar, participants will explore how the choices of migrants, 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, as well as the experiences of other migrants from the 1800s to the present, raising questions about and highlighting tensions among 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: Race and Membership, My Part Of The Story, and Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.
Have the option of completing additional course work to receive 2 graduate credits for continuing education from Fitchburg State University.
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 unit and lesson plans, study guides, streaming video, and books and DVDs accessible through our free online lending library.
Recommended for 6th- to 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.