What better way to teach students about the experiences of immigrants arriving through Ellis and Angel Island than through pictures? In this engaging lesson that integrates multiple learning styles, your students will not only learn about the processes and procedures of Ellis & Angel Island, but examine primary source photographs of immigrants going through those same processes. Students will also learn about and discuss xenophobia, nativism, the corruption of political bosses, and more!
The lesson begins with a written warm up where students use their prior knowledge and critical thinking skills to brainstorm how immigrants were treated and how they immigrated in the early 1900s. Next, you'll give an engaging lecture about Ellis and Angel Island and various forms of discrimination against immigrants. This lecture comes with student fill in notes and think-pair-share opportunities throughout!
Next, students examine 9 primary source photographs showing the process of immigrating to America and going through Ellis Island. Afterwards, students create a one-pager about what they've learned. One pagers allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the material (& EQ!) using creativity, words, and images of their own creation.
Depending on your students, this lesson might take two 50-minute class periods (to complete the one pager assuming it doesn't become homework).
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