Turn of the Century Immigration

This Turn of the Century Immigration lesson plan also includes:

In an engaging simulation, class members imagine immigrating to the United States in the late nineteenth-century and arriving at Ellis Island. They then write creative journal entries about their experience and chart their journeys.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • After learners take the quiz for becoming a naturalized citizen, have them research the process that immigrants must go through today, as well as any interesting data on how many immigrants from different nations apply and enter the country
Classroom Considerations

  • Thinkquest at end of lesson plan is no longer available; however, you can still assign the activity and have learners research how the people of a particular ethnicity arrived at Angel or Ellis Island
Pros

  • Provides for excellent opportunities to connect to modern-day immigration policies
  • All activity handouts, informational texts, and primary sources are included
Cons

  • None