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Immigration Inquiry


Essential Questions:
  1. Who is an immigrant?
  2. What is the experience of being an immigrant?
  3. What does it mean to be an American?
  4. How do we negotiate between two cultural worlds?

Background Information:

We came up with this inquiry unit because we were challenged to come up with questions for you and your very separate worlds. For Plymouth Meeting Friends School students, this immigration inquiry seemed to lend itself nicely to a question you have been considering all year "What happens when cultures meet/collide/clash?" For McCall Elementary students, this issue is more personal since all of you are immigrants. For you, we hope this inquiry will help you learn English without focusing so much on just language. We desired that this inquiry could help make sense of the many things you are experiencing in and out of the classroom. This inquiry will also give you a chance to explore your own families' reasons for immigrating, comparing and contrasting it with other groups' experiences.

Analytic Description of the two schools involved:

Plymouth Meeting Friends School
2150 Butler Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

General George A. McCall Public School
6th & Delancey Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Esther Kang
March 31, 2000