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Immigration Project Assignment: To write a children's immigration story.
Use this guide to help you construct a real or fictional immigrant experience for your story. You may wish to consult mentor texts on the Cultures: Immigration Stories bibliography for ideas about story formats, writing styles, and themes.
Timeline: Outline your story
Background: Why do people immigrate?
Genealogical Research: Details about real people
Oral History: How to construct one
Why people immigrate
Thirteen reasons our ancestors migrated:
- Religious or ethnic persecution
- Natural disasters
- Economic Problems
- Political Strife/turmoil/oppression
- Following family and friends
- Forced relocation of Native Americans
- Criminal incarceration/deportment
- Not a "first son"
- Great financial opportunity