Students will make drawings from a photograph of children at Ellis Island. Each student will choose a different child to draw. The students will pair this drawing with a writing assignment in which they imagine what it was like to immigrate through Ellis Island.
My students will enhance their unit on Immigration by spending time drawing the faces of children as they set foot in their new country. Drawing as well as writing about the experiences of immigrants during this period in history can deepen their understanding. While creating this work of art, students will also be learning fundamental art skills like proportion, volume and shading which also will link to Math.
Drawing paper, drawing pencil, erasers, digital camera, construction paper.