Bring the story of Emma Lazarus to your classroom.
From the Archives
In 1883, Emma Lazarus wrote The New Colossus, a poem now affixed to the Statue of Liberty and a vital part of America’s story and identity. Emma’s life and message will inspire your students to participate in the ongoing conversation of what it means to be an American.
This activity encourages students to explore Emma’s poem and reflect on her message. Students are then encouraged to generate their own questions about Emma Lazarus which will be revisited throughout the next steps.
We have also created an extension activity which dives deeper into how Emma used langauge and poetic devices to communicate her message. Download The ELA Extension Activity
Possible Pathways Through the Archive
- AJHS has created a 12 minute film and digital storybook that brings AJHS’ archives to life through animation which you can share with your students.
- AJHS has created two model lessons for how to utilize The Archive: Emma & Me and A Statue’s Meaning
- We encourage you utilize The Archive to mix and match sources to deepen and enrich your own lessons!
In this lesson students create their own New “New Colossus,” expressing their vision and ideals about America. AJHS has created a national poetry contest that asks students “If you could write a poem for the Statue of Liberty today, what would you say?” Visit our poetry contest page to learn more about how to submit your students original work to the poetry contest.
The AJHS has an unparalleled collection on the Lazarus family, as well as material on immigration, anti-Semitism and freedom of religion. AJHS has created an online archive of scaffolded primary sources that have been tagged based on overarching themes. We encourage you to utilize our model lessons, or mix and match sources to deepen and enrich your own lessons! Visit AJHS’s Digitized Collections