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Digital Storytelling, Immigration, and Empathy
Watch the video below for an example of a digital story based on a poem written by a fifth grade student about her grandfather’s immigration from China to the U.S.
Crossing Borders with Digital Storytelling
Using digital storytelling to capture immigration stories is a powerful way for teachers to create opportunities for “empathetic moments” among students and shape classroom environments. Telling stories of family immigration history – no matter how distant or recent – allows for common threads and variations of the immigration experience to be seen, heard, and reflected upon. Digital storytelling offers the advantage of authentic engagement to reach all learning styles as well as to teach technological skills while exploring connections and understandings to an important issue.
Check out this Common-Core aligned immigration lesson plan, where teachers are guided step-by-step through a process for launching a digital storytelling project on immigration in their own classrooms. Recommended writing prompts, easy to use digital platforms, as well as resources and collaborative planning tools are shared and explained.
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You want to teach immigration in your classroom but you don't know where to start? Read our classroom blog for resources, ideas, and lessons.