Immigration: Open Borders Teacher Pass

Oh say can you teach?

Unless you or your students are Native Americans, you're all immigrants or descendants of immigrants. It's easy to forget that. It's also easy to forget that you can teach this concept without having to dress up as the Statue of Liberty (hope you saved the receipt for all that gray-green paint).

In this guide you will find

  • activities analyzing images, documents, and quotes of the era.
  • modern connections to show how the heated immigration debate still rages on.
  • discussion questions looking at immigration through lenses of politics, race, economy, and more.

You can't go wrong with this teaching guide.

What's Inside Shmoop's History Teaching Guides

Shmoop is a labor of love from folks who love to teach. Our teaching guides will help you supplement in-classroom learning with fun, engaging, and relatable learning materials that bring history to life.

Inside each guide you'll find quizzes, activity ideas, discussion questions, and more—all written by experts and designed to save you time. Here are the deets on what you get with your teaching guide:

  • 3-5 Common Core-aligned activities (including quotation, image, and document analysis) to complete in class with your students, with detailed instructions for you and your students. 
  • Discussion and essay questions for all levels of students.
  • Reading quizzes to be sure students are looking at the material through various lenses.
  • Resources to help make the topic feel more relevant to your 21st-century students.
  • A note from Shmoop’s teachers to you, telling you what to expect from teaching the topic and how you can overcome the hurdles.

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