Lesson Plan

Exploring Oral Histories of Angel Island Immigrants

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Empowered by the previous lesson plan where they interviewed a family or community member, young historians examine Angel Island immigrants' oral histories. They use a matrix to record their interpretation of the feelings of the immigrant. The class then creates a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the experiences of the internees.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Post the maps and images from previous lessons to provide a context for the activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Ninth of 14 lessons in the Angel Island Immigration Station unit
  • Designed to follow the previous lesson where class members conducted their own oral history project
  • Requires transparencies and copies of the matrix and interviews
  • Provides detailed step-by-step directions for the activity
  • Encourages pupils to make personal connections to the immigrant stories
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