On This Day: Ellis Island Opens

Immigration is a hot topic in the news, but it has been a part of the American story for centuries. Learners explore Ellis Island and its connection to the American immigration story with a video tour of Ellis Island, Congressional debate about creating a day to remember the site, and investigating one author's stories about the place. To finish, they consider what place Ellis Island should have in the American memory. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Pair with other resources to create a WebQuest style project on American immigration
  • Offer the author's perspective on the immigrant experience to start a project on the oral history of other immigrants
Classroom Considerations

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  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Author's story about one family is powerful and gripping
  • Video tour includes intriguing pictures and footage 

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