Angel Island: Ellis Island of the West

To embrace experiential learning, I recently planned a field to Angel Island for my students. The purpose of this trip was to examine the impact of early 20th century immigration on American Literature, specifically poetry.

We explored the US Immigration Station and journeyed back in time through the engraved poems on the walls of the barracks. Excitedly haunting.

To keep young minds thinking and reflective, I developed an interactive activity packet that incorporates concepts from Facing History And Ourselves, specifically from Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement. This packet is also aligned to the four broad 11-12 CCSS: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language.

If you find yourself searching for a little extra something to keep your students intrigued and bring in some cross-curricular connections to US History, check out this packet. In fact, you may not even have to journey to Angel Island to complete it. Modify it to your heart’s content, but if you do use it, drop a little line of credit my way, please. 🙂

Angel Island Activity Packet


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