You will be interviewing an immigrant and creating in informational biography of this person’s immigration experience. To start, you will need to choose an adult immigrant. This could be someone in your family, a family friend or a neighbor. You will be provided a list of questions that you can ask during your interview. You must choose at least 20 questions to ask. This does not mean that you will use the answers from all 20 questions, but the more questions you ask, the easier it will be to write the answers from all 20 questions. Your paper must include 3 pictures of your person or that relate to your person. Include a map of their homeland. You need to include a cover for your paper.
In your paper, you will follow the format below.
Introduction: include the name, age, or year the person was born, relationship to you, birthplace. Where they immigrated from, where they live now, hobbies and interests. Also include why you chose this person.
Body: include when and why they left (experiences), travel, and new experiences in America
Conclusion: Talk about what the immigrant is like today. Is he or she successful? Would the person like to return to their homeland? Then give your overall opinion of the interview and restate your main idea.
The following list of questions will help you get started on your project. They are listed in no particular order. You need to design your own list of questions and put them in an order that makes sense to you. Using these as a guideline, I suggest you choose those that will best help you understand your interviewee’s immigration journey. Make sure you provide your interviewee with a list of the 20 questions you plan to ask so they can prepare.
The best interview will be one where conversations back and forth feel natural. For example, a specific answer may encourage you to ask “follow-up” questions. Those answers may lead to others. Try to think of the interview as a comfortable conversation Relax and have fun!!!
1. Name of Person: Age/Year of Birth:
2. Place of Birth:
3. Relationship to Interviewer:
4. Why did you leave your country?
5. How old were you when you left?
6. What were your feelings when you left?
7. Did you leave any family members behind?
8. Did you leave anything behind that you wanted to bring with you?
9. Do you remember anything special about the trip itself?
10. Did you have any problems with the journey?
11. Where did you arrive in the U.S.?
12. What were your feelings when you arrived?
13. What do you remember about your first days in the U.S.?
14. What was the hardest thing you had to face when you first came to
15. What surprised you most about the U.S.?
16. Do you remember anyone who made the adjustment easier for you? If so, what did this person do?
17. Who was your first American friend? How did this person become your friend?
18. What problems did you have that were caused by language differences?
19. In what ways is the U.S. similar or different from what you expected?
20. Did you attend school in the U.S.? What was it like for you?
21. Where did you get your first job?
22. What were some of you favorite new foods?
23. What do you miss most about your homeland?
24. How do you maintain the culture and customs of your homeland?
25. What had you heard about America before you came? What expectations did you have?
26. Was it hard leaving or exciting? What made it so?
27. What was your life like in your homeland?
28. Can you tell me about the government in your homeland?
29. Did you miss any family members? Are you able to keep in touch with them?
30. Did you consider living anywhere else? If so where?
31. What was the best thing about your immigrant experience? What has been most challenging or difficult about your experience?
32. Are there specific cultural traditions that you have brought with you? What is it and why is it important to you?
Grading: __/20 Interview questions- you have asked your interviewee a minimum of 20 questions. You have written down responses in as much detail as possible.
__/60 Paper: your paper is properly formatted for an informational paper. You have included the elements from the informational writing standard of:
Introduction introduces your person and engages the reader