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Winner of the Carter G. Woodson Book Award presented to exemplary books written for children each year, Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story is another top-notch biography by Paula Yoo, who also wrote the popular Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds. Shining Star tells the little-known story of Anna May Wong, a Chinese-American born at the turn of the century.

In this Common-Core aligned lesson plan, students will randomly be assigned an immigration status:  "citizen", "lawful permanent resident", "undocumented", or “DACA recipient.” After a brief discussion of what the terms mean, students will take a step backwards or forwards in response to a series of stated ‘benefits’ and ‘limitations’ conferred by the assigned fictional immigration status. Students will then discuss what it felt like to be moving backwards or forwards as well as how these barriers affect all groups.

Extensions and adaptations provided for learners at multiple levels.

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Washington D.C. - The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce that the first place winner of the American Immigration Council’s 18th Annual 'Celebrate America' Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest is Anya Frazer from the Fred A. Olds Elementary School in...
In this tweet chat, English teachers discussed the benefits of telling digital stories on immigration to build community and empathy inside and outside of the classroom while being culturally sensitive to student backgrounds and needs.  Our Crossing Borders with...
The Durham Academy News Feed recently highlighted remarks made by the American Immigration Council's Executive Director Ben Johsnon. Johnson spoke at the Durham Academy Upper School's annual Martin Luther King assembly and noted that lessons can be gleaned on a big-...

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