Adult Ed
Migration and Immigration in the United States: Three Case Studies



This collection of activities helps students to compare and contrast the early migration and immigration experiences of three different cultural groups: Native Americans, African Americans, and the British colonists. Students learn about the relationships among these groups and examine how those relationships differentially affected the status, economic and political power of each of the communities. Students engage in in-depth study of one of the three cultural communities through reading, writing and discussion, internet research, and oral presentation.


A DIFFERENT MIRROR: A HISTORY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA by Ronald Takaki (Little, Brown, 1993); A HISTORY OF US: THE FIRST AMERICANS by Joy Hakim (Oxford University Press, 1993); A HISTORY OF US: MAKING THIRTEEN COLONIES by Joy Hakim (Oxford University Press, 1993); A HISTORY OF US: LIBERTY FOR ALL? By Joy Hakim (Oxford University Press, 1994); WITNESS TO AMERICA edited by Henry Steele Commager and Allan Nevins Barnes and Noble Books, 1996); READING WITH MEANING by Dorothy Grant Hennings (Prentice hall, 1994); map handouts of the United States, map templates of the United States, newsprint.


Students will:
  • Compare and contrast the settlement and resettlement experiences of three different cultural groups.
  • Practice organizational strategies such as using timelines, cause and effect maps, geographical map templates and generalization charts through which to learn about a historical period.
  • Practice identifying causes and effects.
  • Practice providing support for generalizations.
  • Practice writing cause and effect essays.
  • Practice oral presentation.