Exploring America's Diversity: Mercedes Valle (Beginner)

An enlightening activity focuses on the life of Mercedes Valle, an immigrant from Ecuador. Scholars analyze ships and census records to understand the life of Mercedes Valle. In addition, they participate in a group discussion and complete written prompts to understand the immigration process and how it affects the lives of those who have come to the US seeking a better life. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create a visual board to represent the diversity of immigrants in the United States
  • Have learners research the positive contributions of US immigrants, such as Albert Einstein  
Classroom Considerations
  • Internet access is required to complete the activity 
  • Resource is part of a larger series called Exploring America's Diversity 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Activity highlights the lives of regular individuals 
  • The resource can be paired with a lesson on immigration or diversity 
Cons
  • None