Whether you teach English language learners or students whose ancestors immigrated to this country long ago, the Image-Making Immigration Story Workshop offers teachers a dynamic model for studying and developing a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding immigration.
Teachers should plan to come to this workshop with either a firsthand account of a recent journey to the United States or having researched their family history, specifically learning about one of their first ancestors to travel to America. Bits of information from family histories (however small) will be supplemented by knowledge gleaned from quality picture books that contain a variety of immigration stories. Teachers will create their own portfolio of hand-painted papers and will then use these raw materials to reconstruct their own or an ancestor’s immigration story--in pictures first and then in words. Specially designed storyboards, accordion folders, and brainstorming sheets will support creating a story that will make history come alive and make the topic of immigration personally meaningful. (Click on NH Chronicle Immigration to view a short overview of one Image-Making project.)
This Image-Making Immigration Story Workshop offers a dynamic model for integrating Image-Making into the social studies curriculum.