Ellis Island Unit

Lesson Three
Internet Research

  • Brief Description
  • Objectives
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  • Activity Description
  • Internet Resources

  • Brief Description

        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. Up to Contents of this Page

        Students will:

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    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 dial-up software, e-mail and a World Wide Web client program, preferably Netscape, but perhaps Mosaic or Lynx). In the section below, we specify any "special" hardware or software requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above) and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.

    1. Special hardware requirements: None.
    2. Special software requirements: See our list of Internet resources below.
    3. Internet access:Medium-speed (28,000 BPS via modem) or High-speed (greater than 1 MBPS via network).
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    Activity Description

        Below are some sample questions that you might consider using with your students to guide their research.

    1. Were/are there more than one reason why people immigrate to this country?
    2. How do the reasons that people immigrate differ by time and by ethnic group?
    3. What were some of the reactions of current citizens to people immigrating to this country?
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    Internet Resources

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