Topics: Statue of Liberty, The New Colossus, Colossus of Rhodes Pages: 4 (1594 words) Published: September 19, 2014


America’s Promise


Learning Targets

Previewing, Marking the Text,
Think-Pair-Share, SOAPSTone

Before Reading
1. The Statue of Liberty has long been a welcoming figure to the millions of immigrants who have come to the United States of America. What feelings or thoughts do you think people might have when looking at the Statue of Liberty for the first time as a new arrival to this country?

Source: “An ocean steamer passing the Statue of Liberty: Scene on the Steerage Deck,” from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, July 2, 1887. Reproduced by permission of Accessible Archives.

A primary source is an original
document or image created by
someone who experiences an
event first-hand.

2. When looking at a primary source such as this illustration, it is important to consider both the message and context of the source. The following guiding questions will help you think about the source and its context:

Immigrants going toward freedom
1887, the context

Sets up the context
3. With a partner, preview the text on the next page, using the questions to guide your thinking about a primary source.


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My Notes

SpringBoard® English Language Arts Grade 11



During Reading
4. As you read the sonnet written for and placed on a plaque on the Statue of Liberty, annotate the places in the text where you see the connections to the imagery of the illustration on the previous page.

Emma Lazarus was born in 1849 in New York. She was educated by private tutors and became a prolific reader. She began writing poems as a child and later wrote magazine articles and essays, as well as five-act dramas. Her poem “The New Collossus” grew, at least in part, out of her advocacy for Jewish immigrants.

My Notes

1. The poem might be saying
something about rights and
2. The source is Emma...
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