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Peak Immigration Years (Activity Plan)

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Grade Level:
High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies


The purpose of this program is to use visually engaging contemporary primary source documents and also documents from Ellis Island’s Peak Immigration Years (1892-1924) exhibit to help students contemplate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate issues related to immigration today and in the past. In addition, this program encourages critical thinking about published images that promote a particular point of view or present one specific perspective.

Time Frame:
25-30 Minutes

Images from the Peak Immigration Years exhibit, contemporary immigration images, pen and paper

By the end of the activity, students will be able to:
• Explore how illustrators like cartoonists use political cartoons to influence public opinion.
• Evaluate the cartoonists’ apparent points of view.
• Consider different perspectives through dialogue and discussion.
• Discuss students’ own ideas regarding the images, issues and perspectives.


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Last updated: May 1, 2018