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Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience
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The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the “New Colossus” to America
In this lesson, students learn about the effort to convince a skeptical American public to contribute to the effort to erect a pedestal and to bring the Statue of Liberty to New York.
The Statue of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol
How was the Statue of Liberty designed to be a symbol? How have circumstances enhanced its meaning? Help clarify the nature of symbols for your students as they study the Statue of Liberty, complete research on a national symbol, and use their research to communicate a message of their own.
Raise a New Torch
Taking Emma Lazarus’s famous poem “New Colossus” (“Give me your tired, your poor...”) as a model, this activity asks students to write their own poem about immigration. They are asked to write a kind of “welcome to America” update of Emma Lazarus’s classic verse.
The Immigrant Experience: Down the Rabbit Hole
In this lesson, students will use class discussions of students’ experiences, the first-hand accounts of immigrants, and other primary source documents and images from the collections of the Library of Congress to uncover the common themes of the immigrant experience.
Ellis Island Curriculum Materials
The National Park Service has posted a variety of curriculum materials and related resources for educators to use to help students explore Ellis Island and immigration.
From the Jewish American Heritage Month website:
Grade 10: A Nation of Immigrants: Coming to America and Making a Home (1824-1924)
In 1824, the American Jewish community was minuscule, not only compared to the American population as a whole, but as a percentage of world Jewry. By 1924, however, American Jews represented over three percent of the total American population and almost a third of the world Jewish population. The story of these immigrants is the quintessential American story: coming to the New World in search of opportunity, to escape persecution, and to make a permanent home.
Grades 8-10: American Jews and Antisemitism
Identifying the roots and expressions of American antisemitism, as well as the responses of American Jews to antisemitism, allows for a better understanding of the American Jewish experience. It also provides a springboard for discussion about issues of prejudice and discrimination against other minority groups in American history and life.
Grade 10: Jews in America at a Time of Growth and Change: Forging New Frontiers
The turn of the century in America toward the 1900s was a time of growth in population, industry and invention. This lesson is just a sample of some of the profound changes in America at the turn of the 20th century. The Jewish story fits into this wider context of growth and development.
Grade 10: American Jews and Civil Rights
With the emergence of the modern Zionism movement in the late 19th century, American Jews, living in the promised land of the United States, wrestled with their relationship to the Land of Israel as a haven and home, possibly for themselves but more significantly for their European Jewish brethren.
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