Emma's Poem The Voice of the Statue of Liberty review Ö 103

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Emma's Poem The Voice of the Statue of Liberty review Ö 103 ä Give me your tired  your poorYour huddled masses yearning to breathe freeWho wrote these words  And why In 1883 Emma Lazarus deeply moved by an influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe wrote a sonnet that was to give voice to the Statue of Liberty  OriginalRote a sonnet that was to give voice to the Statue of Liberty  Originally a gift from France to celebrate our shared national struggles for liberty the Statue thanks to Emma's poem slowly. This book was nicely written and encapsulated Emma Lazarus so well and presented us with interesting information about her Emma Lazarus was a famous writer and activist of her time This text shows the importance of doing what you believe is right doing what you love and not letting people change who you are She expressed genuine concern for those who were not as well off as she and she intended to write about it Emma's poem won and she was able to help raise money for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal Emma's poem The New Colossus was engraved and put inside of the monument This biography would be a great read for grades 3 5I could see many conversations coming up from this book For example this book is an excellent example of helping others and doing the right thing Emma did not care that people thought she shouldn't be helping immigrants; she did what she thought was right In addition this could bring up discussions about women's rights It was frowned upon for Emma to even be writing her thoughts down on paper for publishing I would be interested to see what my students thought of that Students could also learn many valuable lessons from Emma such as following your dreams doing what you love and giving back to others Not to mention students would learn a bit of the history behind the Statue of Liberty This was a WOW book for me because I learned something new The only thing I knew about the Statue of Liberty was that France gifted it to the United States and that it represented freedom and democracy However I was not aware that Emma's poem is displayed inside of the monument This book was engaging and I found myself rooting for Emma because she stood up for everything she believed in even if it wasn't the popular opinion

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Came to shape our hearts defining us as a nation that welcomes and gives refuge to those who come to our shores This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar Grades 4 5 Poetr. Very nicely done picture book biography of Emma Lazarus best known for writing the poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty that has become nearly as famous as the statue herself We see Emma as a small child with plenty of everything growing up in an environment of people who had plenty of everything We see her in her privileged setting but then Emma visits Ward's Island and meets very poor immigrants Jews like herself who had made the long hard journey to America Emma wants to help them and begins to write about the immigrants in the newspaper and in poems to raise awareness of the poverty in which they lived When Emma hears about the statue being constructed in France she is asked to write something for a collection that would be sold to help pay to construct a pedestal for the great statue Although the statue had nothing to do with immigrants Emma imagined how it would be the first thing new arrivals would see as they entered New York Harbor and decided to write a poem from the point of view of the statue The author describes how Emma didn't see the statue erected but after her death the poem was engraved on a plaue and placed inside the entrance to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty for visitors to read The poem became so famous that schoolchildren learned it and the poem was even set to music by Irving Berlin The book includes an author's note with additional historical details and of course the complete text of the poem entitled The New Colossus

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Emma's Poem The Voice of the Statue of LibertyGive me your tired  your poorYour huddled masses yearning to breathe freeWho wrote these words  And why In 1883 Emma Lazarus deeply moved by an influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe w. A very fine biography of Emma Lazarus who wrote The New Colossus the poem that helped the Statue of Liberty become than just a gift of friendship and gratitude from France to the USA but a symbol of hope and welcome to thousands of immigrants to her shores Pleasantly told and easy enough for even young readers to follow nevertheless this contains some fine information such as how upper class women in Emma's time were not supposed to mingle with the lower classes but Emma did and she helped them learn English and train for jobs so that they could give back to their new country Also famous American writers like Mark Twain and Walt Whitman were invited to write something to raise money for the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty but only Emma's poem was read at the 1883 fund raiser celebration The illustrations while not uite my cup of tea are very nice and provide good period detail I also appreciated the facsimile of the poem written in Emma's hand Another nice touch is the photographs of the author's and illustrator's immigrant parents and grandparents just one way to show how many immigrants have come to America and how many of them and their children grandchildren great grandchildren have contributed to this country in many positive ways