Immigration Case File Investigation

This Immigration Case File Investigation lesson plan also includes:

Case files for Angel Island immigrants are kept at the regional archives in San Bruno, California. Groups study one such case file to understand the life histories and different experiences of the internees and then report out their findings.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Model how to read through the case files using techniques like Reciprocal Reading
Classroom Considerations
  • Set aside extra prep time to assemble the different case files for the groups
  • Requires multiple copies of multiple documents, transparencies, and case file matrices
  • Provides clear step-by-step directions for the activity
  • Includes extensions and adaptations
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