Yearning to Breathe Free


An Immigration Play
by January M. Akselrad


Target Grades: 2nd - 4th
Genre: Reading, American History (Immigration), Respect for Differences
Cast: 19+
Time: 40-45 minutes

Music: One song  (CD or MP3, Performance Tracks, lyrics and lead sheet included)

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 “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” These words found on the Statue of Liberty were often the first inscribed words seen by immigrants coming to this country.  This play follows the dramatized stories of several early 20th century families in different stages of beginning a new life in America.  Students step into the shoes of immigrant children and adults as they prepare to leave their homelands, journey on the boat, wait in line at Ellis Island and make friends in their new neighborhoods.  The play ends with students having the opportunity to share their own family’s immigration history.


Yearning To Breathe Free



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