Immigrants and the American Dream

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  10 -  11
Estimated completion time:
 1 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
Subject Area:
 History, English Language Arts, Expository Reading and Writing

This activity will take into consideration possible reasons why different groups have migrated to America. Students will be asked to consider the concept of the American Dream from historical and current day perspectives. Students will make historical links to America's first immigrants and then connect to the immigration decisions of five survivors from different experience groups. By constructing a word cloud and reflecting on those experiences, students will reflect on the concept of the American Dream and share their ideas with their classmates.

This activity contains testimonies from the Holocaust, Armenian Genocide, and Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda collections of the Visual History Archive.

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