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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 A.
Social Studies teachers, 7-12
Mount Pleasant Area School District
Mount Pleasant, United States
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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, we will discuss what the image actually is and introduce Angel Island to the class by using key "fun facts" before moving on to the next step.

2 Direct Instruction

Prezi Classic
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Introduce factualy evidence about Angel Island using a prezi presentation with guide notes.  This presentation will include facts, images, primary resource (accounts/personal records) to "shock" the students and introduce them to the events and immigration at Angel Island.  We can also use this time to compare and contrast elements they learned about Ellis Island in NYC.

I could also make a Powtoon presentation--- food for thought!

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Exploring

Web-quest for teacher created guided practice.  Students will complete a short "scavenger hunt" to look at images and documents from Angel Island.  This will prepare them for their hands on activity in the next step.  

Students must complete this assignment (collaborative) before moving onto activity.

4 Independent Practice Sessions

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Google Drive
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Students will create a collaborative and informative "thinglink" image.  Students will follow the rubric (see below) to complete this assignment with a partner or as an individual.