Ellis Island Unit
- Grade level: Middle/Upper Elementary, High School
- Subject Area: Social Studies, Language Arts
Using the criteria developed in lesson two, students begin their research,
gathering information on immigration and synthesizing the
data they find. Prior to starting, the whole class develops a list of questions that students will use
in their research.
- Develop an understanding of the
forces affecting immigration.
skills in conducting research on the Internet.
Materials and Resources
In developing our lessons and activities, we made some
assumptions about the hardware
and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who visit the
LETSNet website. We assume that teachers using our Internet-based lessons or
activities have a computer
(PC or Macintosh) with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard, and
monitor) as well as software (operating system, TCP/IP software, networking or
software, e-mail and a World Wide Web client program, preferably Netscape, but
Mosaic or Lynx). In the section below, we specify any "special"
requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above)
and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.
Special hardware requirements: None.
Special software requirements: See our list of Internet resources below.
Internet access:Medium-speed (28,000 BPS via modem)
or High-speed (greater than 1 MBPS via network).
- As a whole group, brainstorm a list of
questions that students will use as a guide in their
- Have students develop a list of items--
photographs, drawings, artifacts, etc.-- that they
might want to gather as part of their research to enhance
their final reports.
- Divide students into groups to research their projects. Rotate groups between
doing Internet research and library research.
- Have students write up reports of their projects.
Below are some sample questions
that you might consider using with your students to guide
- Were/are there more than one
reason why people immigrate to this country?
- How do the
reasons that people immigrate differ by time and by ethnic
- What were some of the reactions of current citizens to people
immigrating to this country?
Ethnic Heritage Council
organization with a board of directors that includes
African-American, Native-American, Asian-American,
Latin-American, and European-American members. This site
has events, services, publications, people, etc.
Religious, and National Web Index
complete listing of all known ethnic organizations in 14
Web - Education and History
- Native Web
A site with
lot of information on Native Americans, including
historical material, news, and literature.
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