Task 3-Ports of Entry-A letter home
You have finally stepped foot on American soil. Most of you have docked at Ellis Island, in New York Harbor, where all steerage passengers must be screened and examined before entering the new land. You will have a wealth of information and stories to retell to a friend or relative back home about your tense and, often, frightening experiences at Ellis Island.
Though about ninety percent of immigrants entered America through Ellis Island, those of you traveling to the west coast will enter America through Angel Island. You will research and record your experiences there for your friend or relative back home.
Check out Big Apple History - Coming To America.
Ellis Island - The Journey - Learn about the hardships faced by Immigrants on their journey
History Channel - Online Exhibit - Multi-media online exhibit of the Ellis Island experience
Scholastic - Stories of Yesterday and Today -Find out what it means to come to the United States as an immigrant from the early 20th century through the early 21st century.