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Ellis Island Project Ideas

Instructor: Clio Stearns

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

Learning about Ellis Island can be one of the most exciting ways for students to study immigration. This lesson gives you some ideas for projects that will bring your Ellis Island study to life.

Why Ellis Island Projects?

Are you studying immigration with your students? If so, you probably understand the importance of teaching about Ellis Island, such a significant landmark in the history of immigration to the United States. When you teach your students about it, you want to be sure they can really envision Ellis Island in its heyday and what it was like for immigrants who used it as a gateway to this country. One way to make the most of your teaching about Ellis Island is to engage students in projects.

Projects promote learning by allowing students to work from a variety of modalities and access diverse learning styles. Often, projects also involve collaborative work, and many students find that they learn just as much from each other as they would from you or a textbook! The projects in this lesson are designed to get your students thinking critically about Ellis Island.

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