S4/O4 - Understand the impact of major economic forces at work in the post-Civil War.
Enduring Understanding: Purpose for reading
Many immigrant groups were attracted to the American Dream. The rise of immigration caused cities to grow and technology and industry to change and improve.
Ask students how long they have lived in their home. Ask when and how students may have moved to the area. Explain that when our country was first beginning, that people came from all over to come here and that many entered the country through Ellis Island.
“I Can Statements” - Essential Questions:
Why do people move?
Did America fulfill the dream of immigrants?
Has immigration been the key to America’s success?
Vocabulary: Use the graphic organizer for the vocabulary. Word, Kid friendly definition, and sketch. You may want to do the vocabulary in sections each day.
abustle (p.1) corridor (p.8) gusty (p.15) wharf (p.22) commemorate (p.25)
wake (p.) parcel (p.8) horizon (p.18) moored (p.22)
perched (p.2) companion (p.11) pang (p.18) ferry (p.23)
Using appropriate Guided reading strategies, students will be reading at their own pace and teachers will be listening to students read, monitoring, giving feedback, taking anecdotal notes and running records.
Day 1 - p. 1-15 Day 2 – p. 16-29
Encourage students to make connections with the characters as they read. Write their connections on post-it notes and stick to the page where the connection was made.
Attend to Comprehension Within, Beyond, & About the text:
Discuss connections that students made with the characters in the text. Look back through the book at the real photographs and descriptions of immigrants and discuss the feelings and thoughts of students about those situations.
Students will interview an immigrant in their town to collect his or her story. Students will then write an oral history of the person to publish in a class book or online at: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/writing/index.asp?topic=Immigration
Mini lessons for teachers on writing oral histories can also be found at this site.
Write about something that you would be certain to take with you if you were leaving your home to come to the United States. What would be the one object you couldn't leave behind?
Tell students they are going to another country and give each one of them a large brown bag. Instruct them that they cannot bring anything with them that will not fit into the bag. They are to go home and decide what possessions they would like to take. Tape off sections of floor about 3 x 5 ft. and tell them that it is the section for them and their belongings. They may not put any of their stuff in the other squares.
*Not all activities will be done in each lesson. Some lessons may take multiple days to complete. However, all students should be reading each time you meet.
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