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Hertiage Intro

“Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially,
are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
—Franklin D. Roosevelt

Embracing Heritage

How does heritage define us individually and as a nation?

America is a nation of immigrants. This diversity has helped to make our country rich in ideas, traditions, and customs. Except for the Native Americans, every American came here from somewhere else—or is born of ancestors who did. People have come, and continue to come, to America to seek freedom and opportunity. Some did not come here voluntarily. And some immigrants encountered prejudice.

To learn more about the role of immigration and the role of Native Americans in American heritage, read and discuss a variety of fictional and informational texts. To appreciate how we are shaped by the experiences we have and the people we encounter, create do a Generations Project, in which you consider perspectives from different generations within a family.

Create semantic maps of the phrase “embracing heritage” in order to represent visually your understanding of this phrase. They write an informative/explanatory essay in response to the essential question: How does heritage define us individually and as a nation?

But first, what is meant by the word heritage?

Which elements of heritage does one look for when learning about a culture?

Write your ideas down on a sticky note and "Give one, get one.”

Create a class mind map of elements to look for in texts read during this unit. We will continue to add to this list as we gain additional insights into heritage during this unit.  (SL.6.1)

   •    Biography
   •    Epilogue
   •    Heritage
   •    Legacy
   •    Lore
   •    Memoir
   •    Realism
   •    Traditional literature

  • Define the word heritage and review the word culture.
  • Explore U.S. immigrant and/or Native American experiences through historical fiction and nonfiction texts.
  • Analyze multiple accounts of U.S. immigration and/or Native American life from different points of view and describe important similarities and differences in the details they provide.
  • Conduct interviews to gather information from human “primary sources” (e.g., with family members).
  • Summarize information gleaned from interviews.
  • Explain the importance of oral tradition.
  • Conduct research on countries from which family members emigrated.
  • Write arguments about the proposition that America is a “land of opportunity.”
  • Define related words and identify their parts of speech (e.g., migrate, immigrate, emigrate, etc.)

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