Creative Writing/Historical Journals
- Grade level: Middle/Upper Elementary, High School
- Subject Area: Social Studies, Language Arts
Having finished their research, students write a series of journal entries, from the perspective of an immigrant traveling to America via Ellis Island.
- Gain a different perspective of the concepts of immigration.
- Practice writing skills through the processes of writing and revising their historical journal entries.
- Synthesize their understandings of the concepts of immigration.
Materials and Resources
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- Start by asking students to review the research they have completed.
- Have students reflect on what it would have been like to go through the types of experiences that people did when they immigrated to this country.
- Students begin their rough drafts of journal entries.
- Set aside time for students to edit with their peers before you edit their rough drafts.
- Students complete their rough drafts, adding illustrations if desired.
- Plan some time for students to share their work with one another.
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