by Joseph Bruchac 1979

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Ellis Island" by Joseph Bruchac.

In Joseph Bruchac's poem "Ellis Island," a speaker discusses their ancestors who came to America through Ellis Island.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of America and Identity as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What makes America unique?" and "What makes you who you are?"

Ways to support your child: