Stepping Back in Time to Ellis Island

On September 12, the eighth-grade students in the Social Studies classes of Ms. Balmes and Mr. McKenzie went back in time to experience “Ellis Island.”  The simulation allowed students to better understand the immigrant experience. The students enjoyed role-playing processors and immigrants as they made their way through the checkpoints of “Ellis Island.”  Many students were able to pursue the “American Dream” and were welcomed as new citizens, while others sadly were deported for reasons such as health or character flaws.  All in all, the students appreciated this hands-on step back into time and gained a lot of insight as well from putting themselves into someone else’s shoes.