Eighth-graders in history class created first-person journals to document the journey of immigrants coming to America through Ellis Island.

Within the bounds of historical accuracy, students embraced their creative freedom while telling stories about leaving home, traveling by boat, passing inspection, settling in a new neighborhood, and facing discrimination.

Some students even included real documents from their immigrant ancestors!

LEONA’S ELLIS ISLAND JOURNAL

ANNIE’S “COMING TO AMERICA” JOURNAL