Today we celebrated our diverse cultures as we looked at the different
countries that our families came from in immigrating to the US.
Students took part in an Ellis Island simulation where we followed the
path of an immigrant through the different phases of becoming a US
citizen during the 1920s.
In our make believe journey, students looked at how crowded a steerage
ticket would be and how much nicer traveling 2nd or 1st class is. We
looked at how difficult it may have been to pass an interview to come
into the country, especially if it was in a strange new language.
Thanks to Mr. King for our language help! Students were able to
experience the joys, fears and worries of standing in line and waiting
and hoping to pass a medical test to gain one more step towards
becoming a citizen. Students were able to read and write about the
journeys into a new country to experience the real feelings of leaving
family in hopes of a better life. We had a special speaker, Maya
Spicer, share her story of her recent immigration to the US from
Russia, so we could compare and contrast immigration changes over the
past 100 years. And finally… Students got a chance to feel the
anxiety of taking a "real" Citizenship Test as our final stage before
leaving Ellis Island behind. Students made poster today representing
the different activities and these will be shared with the school.