My class just finished an in depth author study of Patricia Polacco.
We learned how her family immigrated to the U.S. from Russia.
I read the book Coming to America to teach more about the immigration process.
Then we explored Scholastic's site on immigrants which includes video clips of immigrant children today as well as background on Ellis Island.
Finally, we connected Patricia Polacco's family history of being Russian immigrants to the novel Molly's Pilgrim. A video is available for the story too that we compared the book to.
View a video clip