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September 2001
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Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today

Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today is a complete, ready-to-use online learning activity from Scholastic.
The site is colorful and user-friendly. Visitors need Real Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the video and the graphs. A 3D viewer is also needed and can be downloaded from the site. .
The site has five major sections easily accessed from the main page image map. Each section has a bottom navigation menu for moving between the sections.
This site includes everything a busy teacher needs to teach about how immigrants from all over the world traveled to the United States to build new lives. The material is for grades four through eight but could be adapted for different grade levels. Students can take an Interactive Tour of Ellis Island and learn how immigrants arrived in this country in the early 1900s. It includes audio, video, and photographs. A Boy's Journey explores the oral history of Seymour Rechtzeit, who emigrated from Poland at the age of eight and went on to become a star in the Yiddish theater. Through text and photos, students can learn what life was like for a young immigrant in the early 1900s. Five Young Immigrants gives a glimpse of young people from Mexico, Vietnam, Haiti, Bosnia, and Sudan as they adjust to life in a new country. The Oral History Scrapbook offers steps for interviewing an immigrant and publishing an oral history. Who Lives in America provides graphing activities that teachers and students can use to learn about the diversity found there. Included is a comprehensive Teacher's Guide with lesson planning strategies, assessment pieces, correlations to standards, and cross-curricular extensions.

Reviewed by Hazel Jobe
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