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ERIC Number: EJ930774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
The Human Face of Immigration
Costello, Maureen
Teaching Tolerance, n39 p20-27 Spr 2011
In the past, nativists opposed immigration, period. The sharp distinction between "legal" and "illegal" immigrants emerged fairly recently, according to immigration historian David Reimers, a professor of history at New York University. "Basically, by the mid-90s 'legal' immigration was no longer an issue," he says. "The hot-button issue became the undocumented immigrants." That makes immigration a powder keg for teachers. It's a deeply important part of American history, a part of nearly everyone's family legacy and present in almost every community. Many educators agree that concentrating on the power of personal stories helps students see how today's immigrants are not that different from those in the past. This article illustrates how teacher Dale Rosine's "Family Heritage" project connects students to their family backgrounds while promoting diversity and understanding in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Connecticut