Voices of the American Dream: The Ellis Island Story

Teaching Artist: Dianne Moran

What would cause thousands of people to give up a way of life, leaving their homelands and, sometimes, their family members behind to come to foreign shores? Students will find out with Dianne Moran by dressing in turn of the century clothing, showing personal documents to the bureaucrats and waiting as the commissioners decide their fate. To remember their experiences, students will keep a journal and complete their personal family history on a parchment family tree.

Audience: Grades 3-12
Format: Workshop or Performance
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies/Culture
Teaching Artist: Dianne Moran

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