A WebQuest For Classes 502,703Using Microsoft Excel
Introduction• America has often been referred to as a “melting pot”. Many people have left their homeland and immigrated to America in search of a better life. Between 1820 and 1924, over thirty-five million people came to America. For many of them the trip to America was a difficult and often very dangerous trip.• When the immigrants arrived most of them had to go through Ellis Island, the immigration headquarters. At Ellis Island, immigrants were inspected and had to pass many tests before they were allowed to enter America. We have explored Ellis Island and life in the tenements in our previous WebQuest.
Task• Everyone is from somewhere. Conduct a classroom survey during the coming week. Ask everyone in your class what country their families are originally from. Create a list of the countries and record your results.• Using Microsoft Excel, enter your data from your class survey and then create a graph (ex: pie, chart, line) to represent the results of your survey.
Process• Create a table with country names and student names.• Survey your classmates to determine what country their family if from.• Enter the data on your table.• Create a table using Microsoft Excel.• Enter your data from your class survey (remember to add column and row titles).• Highlight the data and “Insert – chart” to capture the data in picture form.• Save the Excel workbook as LastName_Class.
Resources• 1820-2007 chart• 1820-2007 stats• Immigration continent• Immigration Continent chart• Also, use the 3 WebSites on the next 3 pages -
Click to visit the Tenement Museum http://www.tenement.org/
Click on the BrainPop movie -http://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/culture/immigration/preview.weml
The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation http://www.ellisisland.org/ Search for your own ancestors using this free website!
Conclusion• America holds a unique place in the history of the world. The migration of immigrants to America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was the greatest population movement in history. Still today many more seek our shores than we can accept. But, what will our attitude be toward immigrants in the 21st century?• This is a question that will affect the quality of life for everyone in the United States for better or worse. But only you can answer that question for you are the leaders of the twenty-first century.