Curriculum
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Guide

Angel Island Immigrant Journeys

Angel Island Immigration Station's curriculum guides, called "Immigrant Journeys," provide strategies and background material designed for teachers of Grades 3-12. These guides contain lessons, student worksheets, primary source documents from the National Archives, historical photographs, and list of resources to introduce students to the experience of immigrants on Angel Island. 

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History
Curriculum Guide - Historical Background
(11 pages)

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Where is Angel Island? An introductory geography lesson
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 1
(8 pages) 

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The Chinese Exclusion Act
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 2
(6 pages)

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Conditions in China: Why might one leave home forever?
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 3
(5 pages)

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Leaving Home Forever: What would you put in your suitcase?
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 4
(3 pages) 

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Film Screening: Carved in Silence
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 5
(4 pages)

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Exclusion Activity
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 6
(3 pages)

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Interrogation of Immigrant
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 7
(7 pages)

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Interview a Family or Community Member: Taking oral histories
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 8
(4 pages)

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Exploring Oral Histories of Angel Island Immigrants
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 9
(6 pages)

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Immigration Case File Investigation
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 10
(59 pages)

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How do pictures tell the story of Angel Island?
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 11
(5 pages)

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Moving to the poems of Angel Island
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 12
(5 pages)

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Making Your Mark: Free verse poetry
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 13
(3 pages)

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Culminating Writing Project - Reporting on Angel Island
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 14
(3 pages) 

 
 
Articles
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Articles

Dr. A. Vincent Ciardiello

The following two articles by Dr. A. Vincent Ciardiello, Associate Professor of Education, Iona College offer insights on how to use the Angel Island immigrant poems in social studies education.  

"Talking Walls: Presenting a Case for Social Justice Poetry in Literacy Education"

Published in The Reading Teacher, a journal of the International Reading Association. 

 

 

Teaching about Angel Island through Historical Empathy and Poetry

Noreen Nassem Rodriguez wrote the article, "Teaching about Angel Island through Historical Empathy and Poetry" and it was published in Social Studies and the Young Learner in 2015. It is about a lesson on Angel Island she developed for a third/fourth grade class (but also adaptable to other grades). She made this article available to our readers below:

Download Here

 
 
Poetry
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Reading and Writing Cultures

Angel Island Poetry

This lesson demonstrates how history and culture can be integral to our understanding of poetry, even poetry that is deeply reflective and personal in nature; by requiring students to model and produce their own poetry, it also makes evident that writing poetry is a creative instinct and outlet that people have turned to regardless of time, education level, or culture.

Download Understanding Poetry
 

 
 
Multi-Ethnic Program
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San Francisco Chronicle's Education Series

This 5-part series is designed for upper elementary, middle and high students and their teachers. This series first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle in Spring 2003 and highlights the experience of a few of the immigrant groups that passed through Angel Island Immigration Station:

Chinese 

Japanese

Russian

Filipino

South Asian