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Mrs. Beattie from Springfield MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Personal Histories: Conducting Immigration Research

Help me give my students a unique research project by adding these sources to their library. Books such as The Irish Bridget and Polish Immigration in America will enhance their research capabilities of immigrants' experiences.

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My Students

My students come from a Title I urban district where 75% of the people are considered low income. The students are working hard against disadvantages they've had since birth. My students are primarily Latinx and African American. Most speak two languages.

These students are very curious about the world beyond and they are very passionate about current events and how they fit into the wilder world.

They want to be active and informed citizens that work to make a difference in their community and world.

My Project

As part of a cross-curricular expedition, students will take a deep dive into late 19th and early 20th century immigrant experiences. These requested resources will be used for students to conduct research on a specific ethnic immigrant group to write personal diary entries. This activity will be paired with interviewing modern day immigrants so students can synthesize the similarities and differences in immigration throughout history and today.

By using these particular books for research purposes, all students will be able to participate regardless of their skill or ability level, so it is truly an inclusive task.

The books were selected to give students who struggle with disabilities research sources they can use, along with grade level students and accelerated students having access to compelling texts to turn into a narrative experience. I fundamentally believe in meeting all students where they are at, and access will provide the students a richer experience, while also being able to move them forward.

By donating to this project, you will help provide a wide range of compelling research materials to students so we can work to close the achievement gap.

Mrs. Beattie
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 200 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930 (Irish Studies) • Amazon Business $19.50 1 $19.50
Polish Immigration to America: When, Why, How and Where (Polish Genealogy) • Amazon Business $17.49 1 $17.49
Jewish Immigrants in Early 1900s America: A Visitor's Account • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
How Irish Immigrants Made America Home (Coming to America: The History of Immigration to the United States) • Amazon Business $15.88 1 $15.88
How Italian Immigrants Made America Home (Coming to America: The History of Immigration to the United States) • Amazon Business $15.88 1 $15.88
The Disaster of the Irish Potato Famine: Irish Immigrants Arrive in America (1845-1850) (Spotlight on Immigration and Migration) • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Anti-Semitism: Jewish Immigrants Seek Safety in America (1881-1914) (Spotlight on Immigration and Migration) • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Grandpa White's Diary: a Jewish immigrant in 19th Century America • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50

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