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A Virtual Voyage

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Subject:Language Arts,
U.S. History
Grade:6-8, 9-12

 

Brief Description

Students re-create an immigrant voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1914 and write a diary entry about the trip.

Objectives

Students explore traveling across the Atlantic in steerage in 1914 and write a diary entry about immigrant experiences.

Keywords

steerage, immigration, voyage, Vaterland, immigrant, multicultural

Materials Needed

Computer access to sites such as those listed here.
  • History.com's Ellis Island Exhibit
  • Ellis Island Photo Album
  • An Interactive Tour of Ellis Island
  • Ellis Island National Monument: History and Culture
    Students who cannot access the Web can research print resources about the immigrant experience and write a diary entry based on their research.

    Lesson Plan

    Invite students to take a virtual immigrant voyage and then write diary entries about their trip.

    Assessment

    Evaluate students on the accuracy of the information in their diaries and on their adherence to national or district writing standards.

    Lesson Plan Source

    Education World

    Submitted By

    Linda Starr

  • National Standards

    U.S. History:
    NSS-USH.5-12.6

    English:
    NL-ENG.K-12.5
    NL-ENG.K-12.8

    Originally published 10/02/2000
    Last updated 12/01/2010