Home Works Elementary Education Distance Learning Curriculum

Developed by Anna I.

Edited by Miranda C.

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Essential Question

How can we relate to the Immigrant experience by creating our own imagined narrative? 

Background Knowledge

Students should know the history of the Statue of Liberty, the immigration process arriving at Ellis Island, the countries immigrants were arriving from, and the living conditions of immigrants. 


  • Notebook
  • Writing Utensil

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Activity Procedure:

Step 1: Review the Social Studies activity plan “Welcome from the Statue of Liberty.” 

Creating a Comic Strip:

Step 2: You will be creating a comic strip where you imagine life as an immigrant coming to America through Ellis Island.

How would you describe how immigrants were treated as they were processed through Ellis Island? 

What were the series of events that lead immigrants to come to the United States? How can you explain how immigrants were feeling as they moved to America? What was their point of view?  

Here are the things that you need to consider: 

Setting: Where are you coming from? What is Ellis Island like according to our lesson in class? What will it be like once you allowed into America? 

Point of View: How are you feeling on the trip to America? What are you thinking as you are processed through Ellis Island? What was your reason for leaving your home country? 

Descriptions: How would you describe the trip to America? What were the conditions like? What is your new life like in America? 

Plot: Does your narrative start in your original country and follow through the journey to America?  

Step 3: With parent/guardian permission, share the results of your activity on social media using #AUHomeWorks!

Last modified: November 12, 2020