Ports of Immigration: Angel Island and Ellis Island

Young historians travel back to the past to explore immigration in the United States. Scholars match images of immigrants to Angel and Ellis Island. The activity also includes a worksheet and a short group discussion to understand immigrants' motives for coming to the United States. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners write a journal entry from the perspective of an immigrant to the United States
  • Guide a group discussion on reasons people were turned away at ports of immigration 
Classroom Considerations
  • Students must complete a portion of the activity online
  • 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
Pros
  • The activity is easily adaptable to remote learning 
  • Resource is a good introduction to primary source analysis 
Cons
  • None