Group 1- The Orphan of Ellis Island- Blair, Leah, Ryan, Matt and Jeremy

Determine the number of pages you will read. Write a brief summary of what you have read (5-6 sentences.)  Then, share your thinking, wonderings and noticings in a blog post.  You must include two questions for your group to discuss.

30 thoughts on “Group 1- The Orphan of Ellis Island- Blair, Leah, Ryan, Matt and Jeremy

  1. I think it is hard to be in Dominic’s shoes. He’s an orphan and he doesn’t know who his family is. He gets moved from school to school. I wonder why he tried to hide and fall asleep when he was visiting Ellis Island. It was very interesting that he thought no one looked for him, I think maybe they just couldn’t find him because he was hidden. How did the old man respond to the boy? I think the old man will be very important throughout the book. I wonder why the cover of the book is like mail? I think there is a connection between the old man and the text that says “time travel.” What is the picture about on the back cover? The picture is on the bulletin board.

    • I agree with what you said Ryan. I agree when you said he is going through a hard time. I think that the man responded back to him for a reason.

      -Leah

  2. In our story, a boy named Dominic who is an orphan is on a field trip with his class at Ellis Island. They field trip guide is asking them where their families are originally from. He just blurts out Italy, because his Foster family’s last name is Italian. They go and search for their family on a wall, but he does not want to go. His shoes are way too small on him so he is always taking them off. He went to a hidden closet to take them off and so he doesn’t have to go see the wall, and fell asleep. When he woke up, it was dark and no one was there. He listed to old recordings of immigrants and pretended to talk to them. Then, he heard old the voice of an old Italian immigrant. That’s all we read today.
    QUESTIONS WE COULD DISCUSS:
    -Who do you think the old Italian man is?
    -What are some predictions on what will happen next?

    • To add on, I think the old man will be somehow related to Dominic. I also agree with Ryan on how he said how the thinks the old man will be important. Also, I am wondering what it would be like in Dominic’s shoes, literally. I can’t picture what he is going through right now because he is an orphan and really wants to know what his real family is like. I also think his foster parents are mean because if they were nice they would buy Dominic new shoes.

    • A prediction I have been conducting is when it is morning people from the past will come and he will be stuck there because he has no family. I think at first he will be very confused then he will realize that he is in the past and is gonna freak out. In the end I think he will come back from the past with something mentally important with him. I think he will find more information about his family on this trip to the past. I also think when he comes back he wont be ashamed about being an orphan.

    • I think that the old man will help him when he is stuck, and he will guide him. Since it is a time travel story I think that he will be transported to a different time. Is there a connection between old man and time travel?

  3. Here is some background information on the main character in The Orphan Of Ellis Island. Dominic is moving to different foster families because his only family died in a fire. He is currently stuck on Ellis Island because he fell asleep in a closet hidden for hours. During this time his class left him. So now he is trapped in here for the night for the night. Even though this experience is scary for Dominic I think this was meant to happen. I also think that the words of the Italian man who immigrated and his voice was in the phone will help him through this journey. Before Dominic got stuck in Ellis Island he didn’t want people to know that he didn’t have any family members…. That he was is an orphan. He was very embarrassed about being an orphan. I think after he gets back to the present time he will embrace who he is. I also think Dominic will find his family in the past. Dominic is different because he is alone family wise. I think if he opens up and lets people know who he is, he will have friends. Friends is something Dominic needs at a difficult time when he is moving from foster family to foster family. I think at the end of the book Dominic will think of his situation in a different way than he is now.

  4. I know the man responded for a reason. I wonder what reason he responded to Dominic. I also wonder if they will uncover that later in the story, let the reader find that out or leave it a mystery. I think Dominic will change after his trip to the past (In a good way). Is Dominic going to see his family in the past? Tell me what you think!

    -Leah

  5. I know the man responded for a reason. I wonder what reason he responded to Dominic. I also wonder if they will uncover that later in the story, let the reader find that out or leave it a mystery. I think Dominic will change after his trip to the past (In a good way). Is Dominic going to see his family in the past? Tell me what you think!

  6. Question 1. Who was the person in the picture? I think that Dominic is related to the person in the picture , Because it looks like him and he said the person looked Italian like him.

    Question 2 Who was the person who he was talking to? I think that was a person who knew someone in Dominic’s family,because he knew what his dad looked like.

    In the story The Orphan of Ellis Island there is a character named Dominic he seems to be around 10-12 years old and he arrived on Ellis Island without knowing who his parents are. He stared going to different foster homes and schools.Now he’s at a school and there going to Ellis Island for a field trip. At the
    Field trip they did normal things at a field trips like look at sites, but Dominic gets lost In a museum and he hears a person talking to him. What I think what’s happening is that he’s time traveling because on the title it says “A Time-Travel Adventure”.

  7. Wow! The little boy Francisco is the old man! Now, Dominic is not taking anything for granted. He appreciates the cherries, goat milk, birds, and sheep cheese. I feel bad for him because he stood up for Antonio, and got whipped. I think that the reason why Father Tomaso wants the boys is because he found a family for the boys. I predict that if they do go to a new family, they will not like the family. Another prediction is that they will go to America.

  8. In the chapters that we read, Dominic gets transported back in time to 1908. It was a bit weird when one of the boys said that he was the man from the phone. I don’t think it was a good thing to steal food from the orchid. They were a bit desperate to get food. I think Dominic took the blame because he felt bad for Antonio, and the boys realized that and made him family. At the beginning of the book Dominic had things that the boys would dream of. Now he realizes that he should be grateful of what he had. What happened to the giant guy after he fell down? Nina was very cheerful in the book so far. I wonder if his family was related to the boys. Maybe that is why Francesco answered him

  9. I don’t think Salvatore is sick because of the cherry pits. It is also gross that they carry toenails of a pope to make their stomach aces go away. It sort of confused me when they were yelling things like “Teeth pulled!” and “Authentic American Shirts!”. I can’t believe that the lucky key was Salvatore’s! I think that the boys are Dominic’s old relatives, and they have passed the key down for ages.

  10. I understand how the kids didn’t want to be separated from each other in America. They have been together for a long time. I wonder what will happen to Dominic when they leave for America, because he will be alone. Will he be caught by the padrone’s men? The kids were very mean when they stole the shoes. I think I know why the old man answered Dominic at Ellis Island, because he may have a connection with the old man, and the key may show Dominic what his family was. Why was a old man on the phone, not a kid?

  11. Today, when we read Salvatore died of a fever! That is so sad. 😢 I kind of thought that they would give Dominic the ticket because of Salvatore’s death. I think that the boys will go on steerage in the boat. Also, I think that this whole experience will end up being a dream. I think if that is true, that will be how Dominic finds out about his true family.

  12. I think today while we were reading the big headline was that Salvatore died because of cherry pits. I think what is also important is that Salvatore’s necklace was the same one Dominic had.Also another sad thing that happened was the goat wasn’t allowed on the boat which made the boys very sad.

  13. I do think this will be a dream, since they sang him a lullaby. I think that if it is a dream, it would be like a learning session about his family. I don’t get how they got all gross and how he had to wash off. I wonder if Dominic ever ended up washing up, anyway.

  14. I think this will be made up in his head, since they sang him a lullaby. I think that if it is a dream, it would be like a learning session about his family. I don’t get how they got all gross and how he had to wash off. I wonder if Dominic ever ended up washing up, anyway.

  15. The book was about Dominic finding out who was in his family. The book, as shown in the author’s note showed that the story was about famiglia and it was interesting how the author showed how Dominic found out about his family. A lot of the story was based off on real places, and some other things, such as dying from cherry pits. Maybe this will teach us a lesson to not eat cherry pits! I wonder if in Ellis Island museum there is Francesco’s voice in one of the phones, and I also wonder if they have the goat with wings drawing in the Museum. I think that Dominic will like his new family, because there are a lot of people like him. It like Dominic fitting in with the boys in Italy.

  16. I think this book was about how Dominic find out who were the people in his family. they showed it by going back in time to show who they were. What I thought was cool about it is how he found out the golden key necklace and that it had the same letters as the necklace he had. I would rate this book a 3/5 because it was very boring and it was not that interesting besides the end of the book.

  17. Yay! I finished the book. I knew it would be a dream. 😜 I think that it was weird when Dominic saw the picture of Violeta with the wings like how Francisco drew it. It was sort of weird how when Dominic talked into the phone, it was Francisco. I thought our of 10, the book was a 3.5. I didn’t really like it that much. I think that the dream experience really struck Dominic. Also, in the author’s note, I could make sense of the descriptions, because I was just in Italy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *