Your task for this Web Quest is to gain an understanding
of what it was like for people who immigrated to
· Create a timeline of American immigration.
Read and listen to first-hand accounts of what it was like to
Read an online story about a young boy, Seymour Rechtzeit, who left
his homeland of
Create a fictional immigrant and write a friendly letter to a person
living in the country that they emigrated from. The friendly letter will explain what it
was like to immigrate to
Every student will be responsible for completing the following activities. The first three activities will be done in cooperative small groups. The final activity will be researched in small groups, but completed and assessed individually.
· In small groups students will investigate American immigration and create a timeline using the software TimeLiner.
· The timeline will need to include at least seven important dates relevant to American immigration. Five of the dates need to be times when large waves of different groups of people immigrated.
· After your group has completed your timeline you need to briefly explain why this date was important to conclude. This writing can be done within TimeLiner.
· Use the websites below to help you create your timeline and research.
2. A Boy’s Journey
the story Relive
a Boy’s Journey: A Story of Immigration at the Scholastic website. It is an immigration story about a young boy,
Seymour Rechtzeit, who left his homeland of
· As you read each chapter, answer the questions on the “Relive a Boy’s Journey: A Story of Immigration” recording sheet.
below are several interactive tours of
you are visiting the sites record on your Immigration Letter Brainstorm
sheet details that might help you when you are drafting your letter. Remember you will need to include details
about the journey, Ellis Island, and life in
4. An Immigrant’s Friendly Letter
· Individually students will use the information that they have gathered during the previous activities to write a friendly letter as if they are an immigrant.
· Each student will choose a country that they want to emigrate from. After choosing your country of origin, write a friendly letter back to a person still living in your homeland. This person can either be a friend or a relative.
letter will be written in first person, as if you were really the immigrant
the letter you will need to include details about your journey, Ellis Island,
and life in
· The friendly letter should be written using all the steps of the writing process (drafting, revising, editing, and final draft). Your letter needs to include all five parts of a friendly letter.
· When your final copy is done antique your letter to give it an authentic look by using a tea bag or burning (only with parent supervision) the edges of the paper.
The Immigration WebQuest will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
· The first three tasks are done cooperatively. Each student contributes time and effort on each task.
· The timeline and questions for Relive a Boy’s Journey: A Story of Immigration will be graded based on a four-point rubric.
· The immigration letter will be graded using the 6+1 Traits of Writing Rubric.
Click on the Statue of Liberty to learn more about American immigration.