... If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island
... If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island
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Annotation: Describes the great migration of immigrants to New York's Ellis Island, from the 1880s to 1914 with quotes from children and adults who passed through the station, in question-and-answer format.
Genre: Government
Catalog Number: #4664429
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 1993
Edition Date: 2006
Illustrator: Parmenter, Wayne,
Pages: 80 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-590-43829-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-590-43829-2
Dewey: 325
LCCN: 92027940
Dimensions: 20 x 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Was the ocean voyage dangerous? Where would you sleep and eat on the ship? What happened if the doctors on Ellis Island found something wrong with you? Did immigrants ever return? What was the Staircase of Separation? Levine provides one- or two-page answers to these questions and many more. She writes in a clear, direct style that's packed with information and lively case histories of the millions who passed through Ellis Island in the period from the 1880s through 1914. We've had picture books that dramatize a single immigrant family's story; and there are lots of young adult titles, fiction and nonfiction, about the immigration experience; but this is one of the best general historical accounts for younger readers. Levine focuses on the immigrants' Ellis Island experience, but she also covers what the immigrants left behind, how and why they came, and what happened when they first arrived. There are many illustrations, sometimes full-page, sometimes small, in acrylic earth colors; while not as dramatic as the period photographs in Freedman's Immigrant Kids (1980), they are an attractive part of a clear and accessible design. For classroom discussion and for personal research projects, this is a great starting place. Kids will discover that we are all immigrants or descendants of immigrants, and that prejudice against them started very early, when we were settlers or colonists and everyone else was an immigrant. (Reviewed Mar. 1, 1993)
Word Count: 7,947
Reading Level: 6.4
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.4 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 18481 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.9 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q05741
Lexile: 880L
Guided Reading Level: S
Fountas & Pinnell: S

If your name were changed at Ellis Island
--Would everyone in your family travel together?
--How long would you stay at Ellis Island?
--Would your name be changed?

This book tells you what it was like if when Ellis Island was opened in 1892 as a center for immigrants coming to live in America.

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