A Simulation: The Peopling of America

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What was it like to pass through Ellis Island? Learners move through the immigration process of the early 1900s in a simulation activity. A comprehensive activity includes role-playing profiles and other manipulative items such as luggage tags and currency to bring this part of the immigration experience alive.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the simulation activity to illustrate what it was like to come to the United States as a European immigrant in the early 1900s
  • Engage scholars in reflective exercises about the experience
Classroom Considerations

  • Role play requires maturity of learners in positions of authority over their peers
  • Resource is part of a series
  • Some may consider references to African Americans and slavery within the context of immigration offensive
Pros

  • Resource is complete with worksheets and other background materials
  • Supplementary materials help differentiate instruction
Cons

  • None