U.S. History Projects/Rubrics
We usually have an assigned project per unit or chapter. Projects are worth 40% of your grade. Although we don't have as many projects as we do homework assignments, projects are worth almost double your homework grades. Take these assignments seriously! These projects below are dated from most recent at the top to oldest at the bottom.
Click on the links below to download any project sheets/rubrics that you need:
Current Project: An Immigrant's Experience Poem
This link below will provide you with the project sheet as well as the rubric explaining what this project is about:
An Immigrants Experience Poem Project Sheet/Rubric
America has often been referred to as a "melting pot". Many people have left their homeland and immigrated to America in search of a better life. Between 1820 and 1924 over thirty-five million people came to America. For many of them the trip to America was a difficult and often very dangerous trip. When the immigrants arrived most of them had to go through Ellis Island, the immigration headquarters. At Ellis Island, immigrants were inspected and had to pass many tests before they were allowed to enter America. By completing this project you will learn about many of the difficulties and hardships immigrants had to overcome before being allowed to enter America.
About Ellis Island
Ellis island opened in 1892 as a federal immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years (it closed in 1954). Millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station during that time--in fact, it has been estimated that close to 40% of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.
Directions: In order for you to gain a better perspective of the life of a 19th century immigrant use the links below. This will help further your understanding of an immigrants experience:
Immigration Website Links:
1. Ellis Island: Deconstructing History—The History Channel
2. Arrival on Ellis Island-The History Channel
3. Detained on Ellis Island-The History Channel
4. Scholastic’s Interactive Tour of Ellis Island
5. Immigration: The living mosaic of people, culture, & hope
6. Ellis Island Museum
7. Emma Lazarus's Immigration Poem: "The New Colossus Poem"
An Immigrants Experience Poem Brainstorm Worksheet:
Download this file in order to brainstorm some ideas on what your poem is going to be about:
1. An Immigrants Experience Poem Brainstorm Worksheet
Freshman Literature Worksheet on Imagery and Mood: Download this file in order to get a better understanding on what Imagery and Mood are when writing poetry:
This power-point below covers Chapter 7 Sections 1-3: Immigrants and Urbanization
(use this to help answer your questions that is on your project sheet)
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