YOU ARE AT YOUR FRIEND ALEAH’S HOUSE WHEN YOU HEAR HER PARENTS TALKING ABOUT THE NEW RESTAURANT THEY ARE OPENING.
Aleah and her family to the United States two years ago, just before Aleah started fourth grade. Her parents worked in restaurants and cafes when they lived in Iran. Now, they want to bring some of Iran to the U.S. by serving authentic Persian food to a new group of diners. You were new to Persian food, too, until you and Aleah became close friends. At first, you were a little nervous about eating something new. Now, you enjoy the different flavors and even shared some recipes with your mom at home. There are no other Persian restaurants nearby, so Aleah’s parents are hopeful that the restaurant will be a big success. You are excited for her family, and you hope to one day work there to earn some money.
All of this makes you reflect on when your great-grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Poland just after the first World War. You remember the family stories about their struggles to become Americans and to make a difference in their community. Your great-grandfather worked as a farmer in Poland. Once his family arrived in the U.S, they decided to build their new home in New York City. Your great-grandfather got a job in a textile mill and your great-grandmother worked as an innkeeper. She helped the community by hosting newly-arrived families until they were settled on their own. In fact, your great-grandmother is the reason your family owns a local inn now.
Immigration is the act of moving into a foreign country to live. Investigate the primary sources. Did immigrants make an impact on their new communities? What types of contributions did immigrants make to the United States? Make your case.
Have your students take this challenge and make their case! To begin, send your students to this website with this challenge’s code.
Immigration is the act or instance of coming into a foreign country to live.