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.
Curriculum Guide - Historical Background
Where is Angel Island? An introductory geography lesson
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 1
The Chinese Exclusion Act
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 2
Conditions in China: Why might one leave home forever?
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 3
Leaving Home Forever: What would you put in your suitcase?
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 4
Film Screening: Carved in Silence
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 5
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 6
Interrogation of Immigrant
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 7
Interview a Family or Community Member: Taking oral histories
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 8
Exploring Oral Histories of Angel Island Immigrants
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 9
Immigration Case File Investigation
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 10
How do pictures tell the story of Angel Island?
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 11
Moving to the poems of Angel Island
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 12
Making Your Mark: Free verse poetry
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 13
Culminating Writing Project - Reporting on Angel Island
Curriculum Guide - Lesson 14
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.
Published July 2012 in The Social Studies, 103, pages 171-176.
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:
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.
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: