Teaching about Angel Island through Historical Empathy and Poetry

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Rodriguez, Noreen
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Naseem Rodriguez, Noreen
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School of Education

The School of Education seeks to prepare students as educators to lead classrooms, schools, colleges, and professional development.

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The School of Education was formed in 2012 from the merger of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

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When immigration is taught in schools, students usually learn about Ellis Island and Europeans arriving in the Northeast. Less often do they learn about immigrants from other continents, so, when I was asked by the local school district to develop a series of lessons for the first through fifth grades that would be used during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I decided to teach students about Angel Island. The lesson described here was taught in a combined (grade three and four) classroom and focused on the movement of Asians—the Chinese in particular—to America via the immigration station at Angel Island. A previous lesson introduced students to the diversity of Asian and Pacific Island nations and cultures; later lessons were about Asian immigrants’ past, and their recent contributions to farming and food industries in the United States.

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This article is published as Rodríguez, N. N. (2015). Teaching Angel Island through historical empathy and poetry. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 27(3), 22-25. Posted with permission.

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