I have chosen a detailed 4-5 week project aimed at 4th - 8th grade students. It is a guide that teachers can use to organise the project which they can follow over the course of the 4-5 weeks. The guide/lesson plan is put together by the American Immigration Law Foundation.
It starts with the pupils finding out about their ancestors, by interviewing their families, and experiencing what it was like getting to Ellis Island. Using this information they then create an "immigration profile" which they use to gather information, such as why they are leaving their homeland and trying to get into the United States. The pupils then have to go through the Ellis Island process and face the inspectors from the various departments, with some being denied entry. They then have to discuss the way they felt during the inspections and what it was like to be told to return to their homeland. Pupils then pick a country to research and discover what it was like for people living there and why they would choose to leave, looking at clothing, traditions, climate and economy. They wold then look at what was lost in leaving and what was brought to American culture. They will gather their research together and present it in class on display boards. The final part of the project is to present in class the impact of the immigrants from their country on the United States.
The stated objective of the project is “to make the study of immigration a meaningful experience for students and to give them the opportunity to discover how important the immigrants have been to our (Untied States) culture.”
I think this lesson plan and project is a fun and interactive way for children to learn about immigration and by using their own personal family ancestry adds a personal interest to it. I think the objective is good and the lesson plan is clear and helpful.