Ellis Island Expedition Series

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5 minutes, 27 seconds

This five-part video series explores the history and significance of Ellis Island for students. Part One is an introduction to the topic of immigration and explains how Ellis Island became the first federal immigration inspection station and describes some of the factors that led the site to become a part of the national park system. Guiding Questions: 1. What is immigration? Why do you think the federal government controls immigration? 2. How did steamships impact immigration?


Series Lesson Plan

This guide was created to help teachers get the most out of the Expedition Series in their classrooms. The videos and lessons are targeted at upper elementary students, but can easily be modified for use with higher grades.

Teacher's Guide

Last updated: August 26, 2022

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