Who Were the Tired, the Poor, the Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free?

Elvira Woodruff's The Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time Travel Adventure is the core text in a interdisciplinary unit study of immigration at the turn of the century.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Show class members the student-made book trailer  for The Orphan of Ellis Island available on YouTube
  • Have individuals research how and when their ancestors came to the US
Classroom Considerations

  • The 12-page packet is designed for GATE classes but would work well with any class
Pros

  • The detailed packet includes essential questions, a novel study quide, a vocabulary list, teaching strategies, links to additional resources, activities, a project menu, and an authentic culminating assessment
Cons

  • None