“I never saw such a big building [Ellis Island] – the size of it. I think the size of it got to me. According to the houses I left in my town, this was like a whole city in one, in one building. It was an enormous thing to see, I tell you. I almost felt smaller than I am to see that beautiful [building], it looked beautiful. My basket, my little basket, that’s all I had with me. There was hardly any things. My mother gave me the sorrah [kind of sandwich], and I had one change of clothes. That’s what I brought from Europe.”
Arrived in 1914 – age 12
Students will read and listen to excerpts of oral histories of immigrant’s experiences coming to Ellis Island. They will look at images of steamer ships and Ellis Island and make collaged illustrations of these accounts.
Historic Tale Construction Cit is a Flash based site where you can make your own Bayeux Tapestry. You can add castles, forts, beasts, brave warriors, long boats and trees! Finish it off with your own "embroidered" text.