Lesson Plan


Investigate a 1914 Report Card

Students learn about Victoria Confino through her 2nd grade report card from 1914.

This lesson is part of our Upper Elementary Unit Plan. You can view the full unit plan here.


Overview

Students learn what it means to be a “history detective.”  They consider what life was like in a new homeland for Victoria Confino, a young immigrant who arrived in 1913.  They put their history detective skills to work by investigating Victoria’s 2nd grade report card from 1914.


Theme

Arrival


Important Information

What will students understand through this lesson?

  • People move for many reasons — to escape persecution, for economic opportunity, safety, education. There is often more than one reason, and the reasons can be “push” and “pull” factors together.
  • Im/migrants bring everyday objects and traditions with them when they come to a new place to continue their cultural practices and find connection and comfort.
  • Immigrants were processed at Ellis Island through a series of inspections, which brought fear and uncertainty to immigrants. Today, when immigrants come across a border, whether on an airplane or otherwise, there is still fear and uncertainty.

Aim

How can we be history detectives to fill in more details about Victoria Confino’s life?


Duration

1-3 Class Periods


Related Museum Program

This tour feature the families highlighted in this resource. Click the link below to learn more.

Victoria Confino



Primary Sources

  • 1914 Report Card – Look at a report card from 1914 and see how a 12-year-old immigrant girl, Victoria Confino, did in school. (See below)
  • Confino Family Story article

1914 Report Card

Look at a report card from 1914 and see how a 12-year-old immigrant girl, Victoria Confino, did in school.


Middle School: 6-8th Grade, Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

The Confino Family Story

Learn about the Confino family, Greek Jewish immigrants who lived in 97 Orchard Street in the 1910s.

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