Chancellor Fariña has shared a list of books and resources on immigration and diversity to facilitate discussion during professional development sessions and in the classroom.
Additionally, Immigration topics are presented at several different points in the Passport to Social Studies curriculum. These topics build contextual understanding of the rich immigrant history of the United States including reasons why people immigrate, struggles encountered, the influence of government policies, and vital immigrant contributions to America. Guiding questions and classroom discussion can help students connect contemporary issues to the past.
Lessons and Resources
Teaching Tolerance has several lesson plans for teaching the topic of modern immigration as well as the stories of immigrants. Each lesson identifies the grade level designated as appropriate. However lessons can be modified up for older students:
Exploring Young Immigrant Stories
The Human Face of Immigration (article describes lesson in detail)
An Educator’s Guide to the Immigration Debate
Toolkit for An Educator’s Guide to the Immigration Debate
Explore Immigration Data allows students to study numbers charts to learn more about the history and present story of immigration.
Brooklyn Historical Society
Voices of Mixed Heritage: Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed for grades 6–12. We invite students and educators to engage with the topic of mixed heritage and identity in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. Students will investigate the voices and representation of those who identify as mixed-heritage individuals through oral histories, archival primary sources, popular culture references, and contextualizing secondary sources. This will allow them to unpack complex political concepts such as race, racism, identity, equity, and self-determination. Although not specifically on immigration stories, this resources can be modified to teach about immigration, identity, and oral history.
New York Times
Learning About U.S. Immigration With The New York Times is a post created by educators on the New York Times staff that highlight ways to teach about immigration using the New York Times archive. This site includes links to “Lessons on The Immigrant Experience” as well as other educational resources and lessons.
After their Arrival Four men and women from across the world and the economic spectrum tell their stories of coming to the NYC metropolitan area.
New-York Historical Society
Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion explores this question as it chronicles the long and complex history of Chinese Americans in the United States. The exhibition and educational materials highlight more than 200 years of stories form across the nation, many of which connect directly with some of the most compelling themes in American history: immigration, American identity, westward expansion, racism and nativism, the importance of work and workers, and the power of individuals' stories.
Nueva York allows students to dscover the vital role the Spanish-speaking world played and continues to play in New York City’s trade, politics and culture through investigating artifacts and artwork from the exhibition Nueva York: 1613–1945, organized in collaboration with El Museo del Barrio. These materials include a teachers’ guide, primary sources, Life Stories, and a visual arts unit.
Destination America is a documentary series organized around some of the driving forces that cause immigration to the United States, such as economic opportunity, religious freedom, and artistic expression. The episodes include contemporary stories and historic portraits, and the site offers lesson plans based on five freedoms: freedom to worship, freedom from oppression, freedom from want, freedom from fear, and freedom to create.
Fiction Grades K-5
The Year of the Three Sisters by Andrea Cheng
Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made it From the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues by Matt Tavares
Freddie Ramos Takes Off by Jacqueline Jules
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago
The Seeds of Friendship by Michael Foreman
My Name is Sangoel by Karen Williams
My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald
Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman
A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning
Mama’s Nightingale by Edwidge Dantica
Pancho Rabbit & Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh
My Diary from Here to There by Amada Irma Perez
My Name is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River by Jane Medina
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor by Maria Dismondy
The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart
From North to South by Rene Colado Lainez
A Movie in My Pillow by Jorge Argueta
Home at Last by Susan Middleton Elya
One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
Here I Am by Patti Kim
My Chinatown: One Year in Poems by Kam Mak
Good-bye, 282 Shin Dang Dong by Frances Paark
Tea with Milk by Allen Say
Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Farupi
I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
Sofie and the City by Karima Grant
In the Small, Small Night by Jane Kurtz
My Name is Bilal by Asama Mobin-Uddin
Teacup by Rebecca Young
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (Arabic and English Edition) by Margriet Ruurs and Falah Raheem
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
Ambassador by William Alexander
Immigrants by Martin W Sandler
Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land by John Coy
Mama the alien = Mama la extraterrestre by Rene Colato Lainez
My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald.
The Seeds of Friendship by Michael Foreman
This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From by Jamie Lee Curtis
We Came to America by Faith Ringold
Fiction Grades 6-12
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat
The Turtle of Oman: A Novel by Naomi Shihab Nye
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Heat by Mike Lupica
Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Ask Me No Questions by Marina Tamar Budhos
Honeysuckle House by Andrea Cheng
Children of the River by Linda Crew
Border Crossing by Maria Colleen Cruz
Fresh off the Boat by Melissa De la Cruz
First Crossing: Stories about Teen Immigrants. Edited by Donald R. Gallo
Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming
La Linea by Ann Jaramillo
Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston
Drita, My Homegirl by Jenny Lombard
Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Tell Us We're Home by Budhos, Marina Tamar
Audacity by Melanie Crowder
Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung
Nonfiction Grades 3-8
First Generation Americans by Sara Howell
How People Immigrate by Sarah DeCapua
What Was Ellis Island? by Patricia Brennan Demuth
Ellis Island (True Book) by Elaine Landau
Who Belongs Here? An American Story by Margy Burns Knight
South American Immigrants by Frank DiPietro
The Debate About Immigration by Cath Senker
Immigration by Nick Hunter
Becoming a Citizen by Sarah De Capua
Coming to America: The Story of Immigration by Betsey maestro
Illegal Immigration by Karen Latchana Kennedy
New York: An Illustrated History of the People by Allan Schoener
The Peoples and Cultures of New York by James Bernard
Three Immigrant Communities: New York City in 1900 by Monica Halpern
Angel Island by Alice K. Flanagan
Critical Perspectives on the Industrial Revolution by Josh Sakolsky Rosen
Ellis Island by Lucia Raatma
Ellis Island: A New Hope, A New Land by William Jay Jacobs
Immigration 1850-1925 by Richard Worth
This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne
The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez
Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
Outcasts, United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John
I Lived on Butterfyl Hill by Marjorie Agosin
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
SEAAdoc - Documenting the Southeast Asian American Experience - SEAAdoc is an educational resource of the Southeast Asian Archive at the UC Irvine Libraries focusing on post-1975 refugees and immigrants from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam and the communities they have developed in the United States.
Open Collections Program: Immigration to the US, Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) - Harvard collection.
The University of Washington has the Many Paths, Many Voices, a growing collection of oral histories including the South Asian Oral History Project and the Washington State Jewish Archives Project. Their East Asia Library is in the early stages of gathering oral histories from Chinese Immigrants.
Immigration Records (National Archives) - Immigration records, more popularly known as "ship passenger arrival records," may provide evidence of a person's arrival in the United States, as well as foreign birthplace. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has immigration records for various ports for the years 1800-1959.
Immigration to New York, 1900-2000: This short PBS article details the century of immigrant experience to New York.
International Migration (US Census)
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility: http://www.morningsidecenter.org/
Kid's Talk: The Stories of Refugee Children is a project documenting the stories of refugees in Buffalo, New York.
Independent Lens – Meet the New Americans (PBS Video)
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Fostering Healthy Discussion
Facing History and Ourselves Fostering Civil Discourse: A Guide for Classroom Conversations
University of Michigan: Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
Guidelines for Discussing Difficult or Controversial Topics
Handling Controversial Topics in Discussion
Guidelines for Discussing Incidents of Hate, Bias, and Discrimination
National Education Association Ensuring Safe, Welcoming, and Bias-free Schools
Anti-Defamation League - Can We Talk? Tips for Respectful Conversations in Schools, Workplaces and Communities (Use search bar)
Teaching Respect for All Students
NYC Department of Education – Implementing Respect for All Guide
Teaching Tolerance – a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center where you can find publications and webinars titled “Responding to Hate and Bias at School,” “Speak Up at School,” and “Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics With Students”
Think, Care, Act - Building a Welcoming Community Of Upstanders: Mix-It-Up Day as Social Experiment Promoting Identity, Diversity, Justice, & Action
Anti-Defamation League: Current Events Classroom lesson plans
Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate
When Do Teachers Stay Neutral?
Teaching Respect for Immigrants
AFT - Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff
Southern Poverty Law Center – Ten Myths About Immigration
ColorinColorado.org - After the Election: Ideas for Teachers of ELLs
Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice: Exposing Anti-Immigration Sentiment
An Educator’s Guide to the Immigration Debate
Religious Diversity in the Classroom
Toolkit for “Expelling Islamophobia”
What Do I Say to Students About Immigration Orders?
Teaching Respect for Muslim People:
Anti-Defamation League - Education Resources on Refugees, Muslim People and Anti-Muslim Bigotry
Unity Productions Foundation – This foundation offers video screenings free of charge to build tolerance and unity.
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility - Countering Anti-Muslim & Anti-Arab Bias in School
NYC Department of Education - Respect for All
NYC Comptroller - Immigrant Rights and Services Manual
American Immigration Council - Public Education for Immigrant Students: Understanding Plyler v. Doe
U.S. Department of Education - Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States
The Door - Your Rights as an Undocumented Youth
American Civil Liberties Union - What to Do If You’re Stopped By Law Enforcement
National Immigration Law Center - Everyone Has Basic Rights No Matter Who is President
American Civil Liberties Union -
Know Your Rights When Asked About Immigration Status
Know Your Rights: What to Do If You're Stopped by Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI
Migration Policy Institute-Data and Analysis Related to Trump Administration Executive Orders on Immigrants and Refugees
SUNY - resolution affirming support for undocumented students
Southern Poverty Law Center – “This School Welcomes” poster
Anti-Defamation League - 11 Ways Schools Can Help Students Feel Safe in Challenging Times (Use search bar on homepage)
American School Counselor Association - Helping Students After the 2016 Election
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