This digital tool is an interactive virtual tour of Ellis Island. Students will travel through the rooms of Ellis Island, learn the purpose for each room, see primary documents and photos, and hear stories from actual immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island.
Students will be able to relate countries of origin and Ellis Island experiences of new immigrants to life in the United States.
The students will take time to explore and research Ellis Island Immigration Station through the virtual interactive tour. They should interact with the rooms, primary documents, and immigrants' stories within the tour. Once they have completed the tour, students should write a GIST summary on what they have learned about Ellis Island. This statement should be exactly twenty words and precisely summarize their findings from the virtual tour.
A quick assessment of students' learning is the GIST statement. This twenty-word statement forces students to be concise about the information they have learned about Ellis Island.
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Background / Preparation
- A computer with Internet accessibility is needed for each student.
- Since this is a conclusion activity, students should be familiar with the background of Ellis Island and the immigrants who came through the station.