Lesson Plan

Entering the United States

Human silhouettes on a barb wired fence covered with the American flag


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GRADE LEVEL: High School

What are Ways to Enter the United States with Documentation?

What are the Experiences of those with Green Cards?


Against the backdrop of the recent refugee crisis and the overall increase in immigration, people have asked how one enters the United States with documentation. One way is to apply for a Green Card which leads to formal naturalization and citizenship in the United States if the application is approved. Gaining Green Card status depends on a number of different factors.

About the Lesson Plan

Students will learn the various ways people enter the U.S. and will hear first-hand accounts of those with Green Card status.




  • Explain visas, refugees, asylum seekers, naturalization to citizenship and Green Cards.
  • Analyze different experiences of people in the United States with Green Card.