The long way to America
WebQuest 8th form, English first foreign language
In your first diary entry, write about the reasons for which you want to emigrate to the USA. Why do you want to leave your country of origin? Why do you want to go to the USA?
In your second diary entry, write about your journey to America. What do you take with you? Do you go on your own? How do you travel there? Describe the atmosphere aboard the ship so that the reader of your diary entry can imagine what travelling aboard an overcrowded ship at the beginning of the 20th century was like.
In your third diary entry, describe your day on Ellis Island. What are the first things you see when you come to America? What happens after your arrival? Do the inspectors let you pass all the exams without problems? What do you see, hear and smell on your first day in America?
In this section you will find all sorts of material and information that will help you complete the tasks. Complete one task after the other.
If you find it hard to remember and organize the amount of information you are given on the Internet pages, you might find it easier to answer the questions in the "HOW TO: Task 1-4" sections first. These questions will guide you to the most important information.
You don't understand a word?
In addition to the list of words you were given at the beginning, you can use a dictionary or you can use Online-Dictionary LEO. Just fill in the unkown word below.You can look up new words here:
Each of you will hand in the four diary entries, but only the best should be posted in the forum (Evaluation of the webquest ) below!
They will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
During the last few lessons, you have left your country and you have tried to immigrate to the USA. You have travelled across the Atlantic, you have seen New York Harbor with the Statue of Liberty and you have gone through the immigration procedures on Ellis Island. Now you know what immigration to the USA at the beginning of the 20th century was like.
At Kommern you can learn a lot about this topic, especially about the early settlers and their lives. If you want to read some extra texts on this exhibition, you can use these links:
But what about today's immigrants? Find out for yourself:
Or read about illegal immigrants at the Mexican border: English G 2000 A4 pp.110-111.