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Peak Immigration Years (Activity Plan)

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

Background

Overview:
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

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

Objectives:
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.

Materials

Download Peak Immigration Years (Activity Plan)