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The Ellis Island Experience Project


Directions:  With your partners, create a Heritage Album.  Research the following topics and create an album to show and teach others about the country from which you immigrated.  Your Heritage Album should be set up like a family scrapbook.  You should include some copies of old photos that could be used to represent your family or yourself and people from your country of origin.  It must include information about these topics:

Photographs:  Each photograph should have a written caption to explain the photograph.    Paragraphs can be included to add more description of what life was like. 

Holidays:  Research two holidays or celebrations that are important in the homeland of your immigrant group.  Describe the significance of the celebrations and explain why they are held. 

Food:  Research foods typically enjoyed by the people in the country.  Explain what ingredients are in the favorite dishes, and if they are eaten during any special celebrations.  Write paragraphs to explain the personal significance of the recipes.

Flag:  Research the country’s flag, its appearance, and the meaning behind its colors and symbols.  Include a color replica of the flag. 

Geography:  Include a world map or map of Europe and show the location of the country.  Pick a hometown and label it on the map.  Also, include a map that shows the path you will follow as you immigrate to America.


Your Heritage Album will be due on the day you “arrive at Ellis Island.”   

 Ellis Island Experience Heritage Album Rubric


1.  Album includes 3 pages of immigrant photographs with detailed captions describing the life of the depicted immigrant group.


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2.  Album includes a page with pictures and paragraphs describing at least two holidays celebrated in the immigrants’ country of origin.


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3.  Album includes a page with pictures and paragraphs describing at least two foods that were often made in the immigrants’ country of origin. (Do not need to include recipes)


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4.  Album includes a page with the flag of the country of origin.  Explanations are given about the colors and any symbols on the flag.  A map with a town/city is identified and the path to America is drawn on map.


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5.  Album is neat, well-constructed, and easy to understand.

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6.  Group members work together to complete album.  Every student participates.

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 Bundle and Clothing for Immigration Day


On that day you should dress in clothes that closely represent someone arriving to America from your country in the early 1900s.  Each immigrant is expected to use a basket or pillowcase to put together a bundle of items to take to the new homeland.  During your research examine the photographs of immigrants to make your dress and bundles look realistic.  Your bundle should include one of each of the following:


▪ Something to remind you of your homeland

▪ Something to remind you of your family

▪ Something to entertain you on your voyage

▪ Something you think will be useful in America

▪ Something nonperishable to eat


Please DO NOT wait until the last minute to tell your parents about this project.  Remember, you do not need to buy anything new for this assignment.  Use what you have at home. 

Be prepared to discuss the items you chose to bring in your bundle.  This is also due on the date you will need to dress like an immigrant. 

Your parents are welcome to attend this simulation, which will take place on

Monday, January 14th at 1:30 pm  in the multipurpose room.