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Lesson Plans For Caribbean Migration
Studying the Caribbean Immigration Lesson Plan
Grade levels: Middle and high school, grades 9-12
Concentration area: History
This lesson is designed for use with the narrative Caribbean Immigration. Students will use the site maps and other resources to research one of the influential Caribbean immigrants or descendents of immigrants mentioned in the narrative. After compiling their research in a paper, students will orally present their papers to the class so all students learn more about the lives of these immigrants.
Bitter Sweet Legacy Lesson Plan: Afro-Caribbean Americans and the Sugar Economy
Grade levels: High school, grades 9-12
Concentration area: History
The narrative Caribbean Immigration examines how the collapse of the sugar economy during the Nineteenth century in the Caribbean stimulated Caribbean migration. Using Bitter Sweet Legacy: Afro-Caribbean Americans and the Sugar Economy, a lesson plan for history or economics classes, students will study the relationship between sugar, African and Caribbean laborers, and migration. Students will examine the role of enslaved Africans in the creation of the Caribbean sugar industry, the nineteenth-century crisis in the sugar industry and its impact on Afro-Caribbean Americans, and the role of sugar in the lives of Afro-Caribbean Americans today.
Denmark Vesey's Rebellion Lesson Plan
Grade levels: High school, grades 9-12
Concentration area: History
The narrative Caribbean Immigration highlights distinguished Afro-Caribbean migrants to the United States, including Denmark Vesey, who was executed in 1822 for plotting a broad-based slave rebellion in Charleston, South Carolina. Denmark Vesey's Rebellion is a lesson plan that enables students to conduct research to learn about Denmark Vesey's extraordinary life. Students will use their findings from the historical record as the basis for a ten-minute dramatic performance (live skit or video production) of some aspect of Denmark Vesey's story.
Paragons of the West Indies Lesson Plan: Super-Immigrant Stereotypes
Grade levels: High school, grades 9-12
Concentration area: History
The narrative Caribbean Immigration traces the contributions of significant individuals and Afro-Caribbean immigrants as a group from the colonial era to the present. Paragons of the West Indies: Super-Immigrant Stereotypes is a lesson plan that explores whether the outstanding accomplishments of this group have led to a super-immigrant stereotype, as Hubert Harrison suggested when he stated, "It was taken for granted that every West Indian immigrant was a paragon of intelligence and a man of birth and breeding." Students will examine the demographic profile of Afro-Caribbean immigrants to the United States, their accomplishments, and the problems posed by "super-immigrant" stereotypes in daily life and public policy.
Gold or Silver? Jim Crow at the Panama Canal Lesson Plan
Grade levels: High school, grades 9–12
Concentration area: History, Economics
The narrative Caribbean Immigration includes a discussion of migration to Central America by Afro-Caribbean workers involved in the construction of the Panama Canal (1904–1914). The dual payroll system, based on salaries in U.S. gold or Panamanian silver, became the mechanism for segregating white and non-white workers (primarily Afro-Caribbean workers from the British West Indies colonies of Jamaica and Barbados, but also African-American U.S. citizens, Chinese, Indians from the subcontinent, and Panamanians). Gold or Silver? Jim Crow at the Panama Canal is a lesson plan that examines the "gold roll-silver roll" system of Jim Crow used in the Canal Zone until the mid-1950s. Students will evaluate its impact on the overall quality of life of workers including pay and benefits, housing, education, recreation and medical treatment.
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