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...if Your Name was Changed at Ellis Island

Created By: Marilyn Cimino, Dr.Howard Elementary School (Champaign, IL)
Grade Level: 4th
Content Area: Literature


Introducing the Literature

An immigrant is a person who moves from one country to another. For many immigrants their first stop was Ellis Island. Immigrants had to stop at Ellis Island to receive approval to enter the United States. Ask students to share experiences and changes that occurred from a move they made.


Lesson Plan Objectives

  1. Identify the different reasons why people immigrated to the United States.
  2. Describe the contributions made by various immigrants to the United States.

Response Activities

  1. Name three reasons why immigrants came to the United States. Why do you think land was an important issue?
  2. Give a report on an immigrant group that moved to Illinois since 1700. Tell about places and things that show the group's influence.
  3. Have students tell why they think people would leave their homes, possessions, and families to come to a new country. Have them name two contributions made by immigrants and explain why these contributions are important to all people living in America.

Background Information: Ellis Island Arrivals

If you came to Ellis Island, you would have


Read article, "...If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island" by Ellen Levine (Instructor to provide)