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Going to America - A Ghost Story About Ellis Island and U.S.Immigration

Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Adult Education
Formats Included
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  • Activity
11 pages
Includes Easel Activity
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Going to America - A Ghost Story About Ellis Island and U.S.Immigration
Going to America is in a two part story. The first part is of an Irish brother and sister who have been orphaned. The brother goes to America and promises to send for his sister when he is settled. We read about her journey on the crowded boat and then her problems at (and the history of) Ellis Island. The second part of the story we fast forward to the 60s when Ellis Island is in ruins and some American teens visit it under the cloak of darkness for an adventure that they will NOT forget.

Going to America is one of the stories in the U.S.History based True Ghost Stories That Teach Historically Based Stories with Content Area Connections by Lonnie Dai Zovi.
These seven pages contain a high interest short story written at a 4-5th grade reading level, but of interest to all students, 4th grade to adult.

Besides enjoying the story (who doesnt love a good ghost story?), the students will learn, review, discuss, investigate, and write about :

1) Brief Irish history
2) Health problems and diseases
3) Conditions on a trans-Atlantic ship
4) History and procedures at Ellis Island
5) Immigration then and now

Other skills enhanced are:

1) Vocabulary improvement
2) Reading comprehension skills
3) Use and study of negative words

All the stories in this collection capitalize on the students great interest in ghosts, and other weird phenomena. These stories take advantage of this interest by using the stories to teach:

Practice reading
Improve comprehension
Expand vocabulary
Highlight or teach certain aspects of language
Teach or review history
Make connections to other content areas
Stimulate discussions
Write interesting paragraphs or simple essays

To take full advantage of the True Ghost Stories That Teach, the students should read the stories aloud, dramatizing and using voices and other sound effects (readers' theater). The stories have been designed for readers of all ages, as have the exercises. These exercise may be done together as a whole group, partners or individually.

Other Ghost Stories That Teach Historically Based Stories with Content Area Connections by Lonnie Dai Zovi include:(click to go to page)

Elvis Has Left the Building (Las Vegas HIstory) I Don't Belong Here (Buffalo Soldiers)Not Only The Swallows (California Missions)
Oh, Say, Can You See (History of the National Anthem)
.Peter's Space (History of Early New York)
Sailing Alone (Columbus's trips)
Still Working (Transcontinental Railroad and Chinese workers)
The Blushing Ghost (Lincoln)
The Final Salute (Pearl Harbor)
The Hospital (Gettysburg)
The Lady In Green (Western forts)
The River Ride (California Gold Rush)
The Sheriff's Curse (Salem's witch trials)The Torchman (War of 1812 and the White House)
The Tunnel of Freedom (Underground railroad)Together Again (Texas History, The Alamo)

Going to America- A Ghost Story That Teaches About Ellis Island and Immigration by Lonnie Dai Zovi is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.Based on a work at http://www.vibrantepress.com.Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at lonnie@vibrante.com.
Ellis island immigration Irish
Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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