Lesson Plan

Angel Island

Students will investigate events at the historical immigration port of Angel Island through collaborative learning, research, discussions, and an analysis of primary resources, documents, and photos to gain a better understanding.
Lauren S.
Social Studies teachers, 7-12
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies

TSWBAT identify and describe Angel Island, its purpose, treatment of immigrants, time period, number of immigrants that came through the port.

TSWBAT explain what Angel Island has become today. 

TSWBAT evaluate and understand primary resources including documents, journal entries, images, and personal accounts of the experiences of immigrants at Angel Island.

TSWBAT analyze the effect of this event and place in history has impacted society and the world today. 

TSWBAT navigate through technologically innovative websites and apps to further thier investigation of Angel Island


English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 9 - 12
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1 Hook

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This activity is used as the warm up for the lesson.  I will place an image of Angel Island on Padlet and allow students to enter onto the board ideas of what they think it is.  Since most have not heard of or seen Angel Island (San Francisco) it will be interesting to see the thoughts that pop on the screen.  Eventualy, after various educated guesses, students can 

2 Direct Instruction

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Student will gain a basic understanding of information about Angel Island before venturing into thier own guided research and activities about Angel Island.  At the beginning of the lesson students will take a google earth tour of Angel Island to see its location on the earth and understand why Asian Immigrants tended to enter the USA from the California border.  Thus, explaining their occupation on the Union Pacific RR.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Assessing

Students will navigate the web using chosen sites by the teacher to complete a scavenger hunt about Angel Island to gather background information they will use in the next step of this lesson process.

4 Independent Practice

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Students, in groups, will create a ThinkLink presentation to showcase an image of Angel Island and analyze, discuss, clarify, and explain what occured at Angel Island and the importance and experience of the immigrants who passed through this historic port.

5 Wrap-UP

Student will be assesed on their learning of both Angel and Ellis Island; also immigration into the USA from late 1800's to early 1900's.