Ellis Island Activities

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Studying Ellis Island is a great way to familiarize students with immigration history. The activities in this lesson will help you make the most of your work around Ellis Island.

Why Ellis Island Activities

Have you been wondering how to get your students more engaged in their studies of history? If you are working on immigration, there are many different things you can do to access students with diverse learning styles, strengths and passions. Instead of just working with a textbook, you might want to consider incorporating more hands-on activities into your teaching. Activities can energize a study by helping students become active agents in their own learning. A study of immigration to this country will often involve learning about Ellis Island, which was such an important gateway and landmark for so many immigrants. The activities in this lesson will help you bring your work around Ellis Island to life, invoking critical thought and active learning.

Reading and Writing Activities

The activities in this section get students reading and writing about Ellis Island.

Answer Your Own Question

Encourage your students to brainstorm a list of questions about the experience of immigrating through Ellis Island. Then, break your students into partnerships or small groups. Each group should focus on researching the answer to a specific question. Bring students back together and have them present their expertise from the reading they have done in their focal area.

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