Scholastic has created a wonderful, free interactive tour of Ellis Island. But how can you help ensure that students engage with, thoroughly explore, and learn from this valuable resource? "My Immigration Story" walks students through the online tour while also helping them craft a unique story about an immigrant character of their own invention.
Students begin by making basic decisions about their character (name, country of origin, reason for traveling to America, etc.). Each section of the document then walks students through a different section of the online tour (the baggage room, the legal inspection, etc.). Prompted by questions, students use what they have learned in the tour to make decisions about their own character and craft the next part of his or her story. Students also create several illustrations as part of their story.
When finished, learners will enjoy showcasing their creativity by sharing their stories with others.