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Lesson Plans about Immigration

Browse this selection of lesson plans featuring poems about immigration and heritage.

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Incredible Bridges: “Translation for Mamá” by Richard Blanco

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
This lesson plan is part of the series “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community," a project developed by the Academy of American Poets in partnership with EDSITEment, the educational website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), during the NEH’s 50th anniversary year-long celebration.

Funded by the NEH, “Incredible Bridges” responds to the NEH’s initiative The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role of the humanities in public life.


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Incredible Bridges: “Peaches” by Adrienne Su

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This lesson plan is part of the series "Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community," a project developed by the Academy of American Poets in partnership with EDSITEment, the educational website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), during the NEH’s 50th anniversary year-long celebration.

Funded by the NEH, “Incredible Bridges” responds to the NEH's initiative The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role of the humanities in public life.

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Incredible Bridges: "The Great Migration" by Minnie Bruce Pratt

This lesson plan is part of the series "Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community," a project developed by the Academy of American Poets in partnership with EDSITEment, the educational website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), during the NEH’s 50th anniversary year-long celebration.

Funded by the NEH, “Incredible Bridges” responds to the NEH's initiative The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, which seeks to demonstrate and enhance the role of the humanities in public life.

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The Immigrant Experience

This unit, which focuses on the poem "The Buttonhook" by Mary Jo Salter, was developed by the Academy of American Poets in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education and a small group of elementary school teachers who are creating social studies curricula aligned with the Common Core State Standards. These school teachers, our Poetry Leaders, teach in schools across the boroughs of New York City. They are Vanessa Rose Scionti, who teaches at Public School 217, Lindsey Dreyfus of P.S. 6, Jessica Egan of P.S. 195, Alexis Dixon of P.S. 414K, Annie Gallagher of P.S. 164K, Angelee Alarnick of P.S. 748, Alana Aaron of P.S. 48M, Allyce Ficigna of P.S. 163M, and Lindsay Williamson of P.S. 503.