What does it mean to be an American? Who may live among us? How does a society integrate immigrants, and how do immigrants transform societies? How do beliefs about race influence how immigrants are received? How have immigrants and their allies acted as upstanders for a more just society?
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.
Recommended for 6-12th grade U.S. history, world history, humanities, or English language arts teachers.
In this workshop you will:
- Examine an array of Facing History materials, including primary sources, film, literature, and lesson ideas
- Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills
- Explore topics such as identity, membership in a community, and the complexities of human behavior, as well as how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference today
After this workshop you will:
- Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
- Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
Chicago Public Schools educators are eligible for scholarships that cover most of the attendance cost.
Breakfast and lunch will be served, and teachers will receive 7 clock hours for full participation.