Welcome to the Heritage ArtifactExhibit!!! • You will need a pen OR pencil and a piece of looseleaf paper with your name and date on the top right corner • For each Heritage you visit: • Write one thing you learned about the culture that you didn’t know before. • ****Be sure to write the artifact’s name and the country of which it originates! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luluQAJaUxQ&feature=related
INTERVIEW OBJECTIVES: • Students will conduct interview questions with focus and purpose. • Students will interview family members • INTERVIEW DUE DATE: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29th • Possible Interviewees: Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle • If you CANNOT interview a family member, interview a family friend/etc. You are interviewing to better understand the immigration experience
Interview Steps… • 1. Decide who to interview(Who do you know of your family that has immigrated from another country? Must be age 16 or older!) • 2. Greet the interviewee warmly. Explain to him or her the objective and the length of the interview. “Hi, I am Ms. Reisch. I am interviewing you to learn more about your immigration experience.” • 3. Face the interviewee as he or she talks. Use positive body language and facial expressions to show interest in what he or she says. Do not interrupt.
4. Ask open-ended questions (NOT ones that can be answered with a simple yes or no) to encourage in-depth answers. Ask follow-up questions to allow the interview to go beyond the bounds of the initial questions. “You said that you had a difficult time traveling to the U.S. Why was it difficult for you? What do you remember?” • 5.Be patient; let the interviewee answer completely before you ask another question.
6. Do not judge or argue what the interviewee says. Just record what is expressed. (YOU are the guest) • 7. If you cannot take notes as fast as the interviewee talks, ask him or her to repeat what you missed or to pause so you can catch up. You may want to tape the interview with the permission of the interviewee.(I HIGHLY encourage you to record the interview) • 8. Thank the interviewee at the end of the interview. ALWAYS BE POLITE
Possible Questions… • Why did you or your family choose to immigrate to the United States? • What did you have to go through/give up to get here? • What was it like when you first arrived in the United States? • What has your life been like in the United States, and what is your part in American democracy now that you live here? • In what town or city were you born? What country?
How old where you when you first arrived in the United States? What year was that? • Describe your homeland. What language do you speak there? • How did you community differ from where you live today? • What foods did you eat? • Did people dress differently there than they do n the United States? • What do you miss about your homeland?
Why did you and your family leave your native country? Describe your trip to the United States. What obstacles did you have to overcome? What experiences did you have? • Before you came, what did you think life in the United States would be like? • How do you think your life would be different in the United States as compared to in your homeland? • Once you arrived in the United States, what did you experience? Was it different from what you expected? Explain.
What kinds of challenges did you experience adjusting to life and culture in the United States? • Did you have to learn English? • Did you change your eating habits? Did you change the way you dress? • Did you change the way you related to your family and friends? • Did you change the way you learn? Did you change your leisure activities?
What challenges has learning English created for you? Do your parents speak English? • If not, has this created any communication problems? What language will your children speak? Do you think you will ever forget your native language? • How does that make you feel? • Have you experienced any discrimination in the United States? If yes, have you ever had a similar problem in your homeland? How did the experience(s) in this country make you feel? • What did you do to overcome prejudice? What advice would you give to recent immigrants from your country about this problem?
What do you believe it means to “be an American”? Do you feel mostly American now or something else? • Do you believe a person can change his or her culture to fit into a country like the United States? Do you believe a person can be “an American” and still retain his or her culture? Explain. • What laws do you think the United States should have toward immigration and immigrants? • Do you think the United States should restrict immigration in the future? Do you think the United States should have an open-door policy to any person who wants to immigrate? Explain.
U.S. Foreign Born • http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/10/us/20090310-immigration-explorer.html • IMMIGRANT INTERVIEW http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/young_immigrants/