Nineteenth Century Migration to America (Children's True Stories: Migration) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-31 
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" Twin Text: A Coal Miner's BrideI chose to pair these books because A Coal Miner's Bride is the story of a young girl who was sent to live in America in the 1800s and is then abandoned to raise a family on her own. I think the two can be paired because both follow the lives of immigrants in America and Nineteenth Century Migration to America gives a lot of technical information that would be helpful to understanding what Anetka was going through. " said.

"1. Twin Text: Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America, Author: Helen Foster James, Copyright: 2013

2. Rationale: “Nineteenth-Century Migration to America” is a nonfiction text that gives facts about immigration and immigration stations. The text tells the story of four immigrant children. Three out of the four children were processed at Ellis Island and one went through Angel Island. There is also information about what life was like for them in America. “Paper Son” is the story of Lee who emigrated from China to America through Angel Island. This story tells of Lee’s emotions and struggles to leave his homeland to live with strangers who have become his “paper” parents in America. I teach immigration to my third graders. I chose to pair these texts because they both tell the story of immigrant children. It is difficult to find books that feature Angel Island, so I especially wanted to use “Paper Son” because of this. Having texts with children of similar age to my students helps them make connections to the material.

3.Structure & Strategy Application: Bliss used descriptive structure with comparison/contrast embedded throughout. When reading the stories of the children, it is natural to compare their journeys. Also, there are maps to show their travel routes, as well as information about immigration, immigration stations, and how immigration made America what it is today.

A strategy that lends itself to this text is definitely the Venn diagram. Instead of having students diagram the journeys of the individual children, I would have them compare/contrast Angel Island and Ellis Island. I would also have students make connections to the stories based on their own life experiences and we would share these with the class.

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"This short title, part of the Children's True Stories: Migration series, offers good basic coverage of the migration to America that occurred during the nineteenth century. After describing the allure of the new nation to others, the author provides the stories of youngsters who came to America seeking better lives, including John Muir from Scotland, Lee Chew from China, Annie Moore from Ireland, and Garibaldi LaPolla from Italy. Their reasons for relocating and their experiences in their new homes were different, but young readers will enjoy this glimpse into history through the stories of young immigrants. The inclusion of maps and statistics enable readers to trace the routes traveled as well as marvel at the large numbers of individuals who left various countries. " said.

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