Immigration Explorations, Part I
- Grade level: Middle/Upper Elementary, High School
- Subject Area: Social Studies and Language Arts
Students visit a number of sites on immigration that were created by other children. These sites will provide models for students to complete their own research. While students visit the sites they should evaluate the sorts of research students carried out to create their site, how they structured the site, what sort of information and graphics they included, etc. The list of criteria students develop from their research will guide them in conducting their research and constructing their site.
Given internet sites students will:
- Students will develop critical tools to apply to their exploration of web sites.
- Students will use these tools to develop a list of criteria to guide their own research.
- Students will develop a sense of what makes a good web page.
Materials and Resources Needed
- Internet resources: See our list of sites on immigration and Ellis Island below.
- Hardware requirements: PC or Macintosh and monitor; modem and phone line.
- Software requirements: Netscape.
- Form the students into research groups to explore the web.
- Give the students the bookmarks contained in our resource list and have them explore several of the sites letting them know that they will be asked to develop a list of what sorts of graphics, text, etc. were helpful or confusing and how different ways of organizing information helped or hindered their understanding.
- Reconvene as a whole group and have the class brainstorm a list of the types of things that they found included in the sites they visited. The discussion should include what sorts of things were helpful or confusing, how different ways of organizing information helped or hindered their understanding. You may choose to record the class' findings in a KWL chart.
Student Produced Resources
- Virtual Ellis Island Museum
A virtual museum compiled by students at Alderwood Elementary [http://wwwald.bham.wednet.edu/default.htm] in Bellingham, Washington detailing their families' experiences immigrating to the United States.
- Donnel Middle School's Hypermedia Project on Ellis Island
A HyperStudio stack depicting Donnel's seventh graders' reenactment of immigration through Ellis Island. (If you don't have HyperStudio, you can also download HyperStudio Player at this site to view the stack.)
- American Immigration Home Page
Results of a survey done by 10th graders at The Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology [http://river.findlay.edu/donnel/ellis.html] in Hackensack, NJ--a great place to learn about the origins and reasons for immigration over time.
- American Immigration Survey Form
Survey on immigration from the American Immigration Home Page, your chance to become part of their site.
- Ellis Island
Information on Ellis Island at the American Immigration Home Page.
Other Resources on Ellis Island
- Ellis Island
Ellis Island site run by the International Channel in cooperation with Ellis Island Museum. Photographs and other resources.
- Turner Adventure Series - Migration to America: Ellis Island
- Teacher Resource Book
Teacher resources from Turner Learning Adventure on immigration.
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