The purpose of this unit is to
organize research and texts on the topic of Famine Irish immigration to Iowa, investigating the impact of these immigrants on Iowa's development. This unit is designed for American Studies grades , complete with resources and activities. This could be used at the
beginning of the semester as a introduction to the post Civil War or
Enlightenment periods. I envision delivering this unit of instruction in a
moderately diverse, middle-class, urban high school of moderate size similar to
any high school in the DavenportSchool District.
I developed this unit as a
vehicle through which I can apply critical thinking and effectively communicate
historical concepts. I am sharing this unit in the hope that other potential
educators will discover a passion for immigration history, subsequently sharing
that passion with their students.
As I believe history is about
telling stories and good history is about telling good stories, this unit tells
the story of the Mullin-Reagan family, their migration from Ireland, and their immigrant experiences in Iowa. My teaching strategy is to introduce each historical topic through the
telling of individual segments of the Mullin-Reagan family story. Each segment
is posted as an individual unit, including references, teaching points,
projects, and readings.