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Exploring Immigration

A Webquest for the 8th grade (U.S. History)

Designed by Kerry Warmboe



Introduction:

You and your group members will travel back in time to learn about immigration in America during the mid-19th and early 20th 
centuries.  On this journey you will truly gain an understanding of the immigrant experience during this time period.  


Task:

In this webquest you and your group will explore the experiences of the immigrant group that was assigned to you in class.  
Examining their reasons for immigration, arrival, and how they were treated by Americans, this will reqire you to do a great 
deal of research.  This webquest will consist of both individual and group parts, which are described in detail below. 
As a group you will ultimately need to be knowledgable enough about you particular immigrant group to teach the rest of the
class.


Process:

Individual Part:
Individually you need to use the websites listed at the end of the "process" section along with any resources you find in the school 
library to research your immigrant group. 

Part 1:
For the immigrant group that you were assigned, each group member needs to write 3 diary entries as if they were an immigrant.
The entries should each be at least one hand written page in length but can be longer.  Make sure your handwriting is legible, if  
you have terrible handwritting then feel free to type the diary entries.  The diary entries should address ALL of the information  
asked for below.  Be creative you can include drawings, symbols, or even age the paper!

	Diary Entry 1:  This entry should focus on the voyage to America.  Be sure to include:  
	  1)  Where you came from?
	  2)  Why you left?  
	  3)  Who you are travelling with, if anyone?  
	  4)  What the voyage was like?

	Diary Entry 2:  This entry should focus on your arrival to Ellis Island or Angel Island depending on the immigrant group
	that you were assigned.  Be sure to include:  
	  1)  Your first impressions of America from the ship?  
	  2)  What you experienced at Ellis Island or Angel Island (Be specific, for example what the health inspection was like )?

	Diary Entry 3:  This entry should focus on your life in America.  Be sure to include: 
	  1) Where you live?  
	  2) What the living conditions are like?
	  3)  How Americans treat you?  
	  4)  How life is different in America?  
	  5)  Any challenges you might have faced.


Part 2:
Individually you also need to include a map on which you track your journey from your homeland to America.  Label the major
bodies of water, the country of origin, and where you arrived in America (Ellis Island or Angel Island).  Be creative, incorporate
colors into your map or symbols!


Part 3:
Individually you also each need to include a recipe from you homeland.


Group Part:
As a group you will create a poster about the immigrant group that you were assigned.  You will also give a presentation about
your poster and your research for the whole class.

Part1:
The poster should include:
	  1)  A Title
	  2)  The main time frame of your groups' immigration to America
	  3)  At least 3 visuals (these can be maps, charts, graphs, photos, drawings, etc.)
	  4)  A section that describes reasons for immigration (this can be done in a paragraph format or as a list)
	  5)  A section that describes the treatment of you immigrant group by Americans and any challenges they might have faced

Part 2:
The presentation should:
	  1)  Be 5 minutes in length
	  2)  Each person in the group needs to participate in the presentation
	  3)  You need to "teach" the class about the immigrant group that you researched, this basically should consist of explaining
        what is presented on your group's poster (The immigrant group, the time frame, reasons for immigration, and treatment)




Use these resources to gather information for the individual and group parts of the webquest:

General Immigration Sites:
Immigration
Immigration Yesterday
The Voyage

Ellis Island Sites:
History of Ellis Island
Ellis Island Photographs
Interactive Tour of Ellis Island
Ellis Island Experience

Angel Island Sites:
History of Angel Island
Angel Island History
Angel Island Immigrants
Immigration and Angel Island

Irish Immigration Sites:
Irish Immigrants
The Irish  (Be sure to click the "next" button at the bottom on the right, to go through all the info)

Italian Immigration Sites:
Italian Immigrants
The Italians   (Be sure to click the "next" button at the bottom on the right, to go through all the info)

German Immigration Sites:
German Immigrants
The Germans    (Be sure to click the "next" button at the bottom on the right, to go through all the info)

Japanese Immigration Sites:
Japanese Immigrants
The Japanese    (Be sure to click the "next" button at the bottom on the right, to go through all the info)

Chinese Immigration Sites:
Chinese Immigrants
The Chinese    (Be sure to click the "next" button at the bottom on the right, to go through all the info)

Eastern European Immigration Sites:
Russian and Polish Immigrants    (Be sure to click the "next" button at the bottom on the right, to go through al the info)
Russians

Scandinavian Immigration Sites:
Scandinavian Immigrants    (Be sure to click the "next" button at the bottom on the right, to go through the info)
Scandinavians



Evaluation:
This webquest will be worth a total of 100 points (30 points for the group part and 70 points for the individual part)
GROUP PART
0
4
6
8
10
Poster Elements
Contains none of the required elements
Several required elements are missing
All but two of the required elements are present
All but one of the required elements are present
All of the required elements are present
Visual Appearance of Poster
No poster
Poster is poorly organized and messy in appearance
Poster is acceptable, but may be a bit disorganized
Poster is attractive in terms of layout, design, and neatness
Poster is exceptionally attractive in terms of layout, design, and neatness
Organization and Content of Presentation
No presentation was given
Presentation is not well organized, thorough, or cohesive
Presentation has few problems in terms of organiztion, thoroughness, and cohesiveness
Presentation does a good job of being organized, thorough, and cohesiveness
Presentation is exceptional in terms of organization, thoroughness, and cohesiveness

INDIVIDUAL PART
0
5
10
15
20
Map
No map
Not very neat, missing a majority of labels
Adequate. Missing a few labels or some are unclear
Fairly neat, clear labels, not missing more than two labels
Very neat and clearly labeled, not missing any labels
Required Elements of Diary Entries
Missing almost all of the elements
Missing four or five of the required elements
Missing three or four of the required elements
Missing one or two of the required elements
Has all of the required elements
Detail and Historical Accuracy
No detail or accuracy
Almost no detail and not very accurate
Lacking in details is fairly historically accurate
Could be slightly more detailed historical accuracy is good
Very detailed entries that are historically accurate
Recipe
No recipe
N/A
Recipe included
N/A
N/A


Conclusion:

After completing this webquest and listening to your classmates presenations you will hopefully have gained greater insight into
the experiences of particular immigrant groups during the mid 19th century and early 20th centry.  As well as reflect on the role
that immigration has played throughout America's history.

Credits and References:

The WebQuest Page
Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on Discovery School.com