Sunday, 29 January 2012

Immigration K12 Project

The website that I have chosen is a North Carolina Standard Course of Study with the curriculum area of 5th grade Social Studies for the topic of immigration.

The reason for my choice is because it involves a lot of interaction with the students and to ensure that they do a lot of their own research in order to complete the topic by using a lot of web based activities along with puzzles in order to build upon their vocabulary and develop their understanding on the topic.

There is a lot of focus on Ellis island as being the main port for immigrants between the years of 1820 and 1924 and details that immigrants made a dangerous journey to the port just outside of New York from countries all around the world and that the students at the end of the topic will understand why the "United states is called the nation of all nations."

One of the main reasons as to why I chose this site is that the website is linked to another site called Scholastic which details numerous stories of immigration from yesterday and today.

One story was of Polish immigrant who travelled to America in 1920 when he was 8 years old and he gives his account of his experience coming over and when he arrived in the US.

The website presents immigration to America to school children today to be an experience of hope and the conclusion from the subject is that the child understands why the US is the nation of all nations. Even the accounts from the immigrants are that travelling to America for opportunities and leaving the dark, solemn Europe for a better life. There are no accounts on life after they have arrived and the conditions they lived in with the only negative mention being in the introduction that they were inspected before being allowed in the country.

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