Interactive Activities

Interactive: Passing Down Traditions

New! Guided Lesson

In this 40-minute guided lesson adapted for all grades, students explore themes of immigration policy and cultural traditions during the Great Depression through the story of the Baldizzi family.

Passing Down Traditions is divided into 5 chapters with images, audio, writing activities, and other supplemental content that offer students have the opportunity to make contemporary connections. Each chapter features multiple-choice quizzes and discussion questions to help facilitate understanding, encourage conversation, or reflection through writing.

This guided lesson is recommended as an in-class resource for students in grades 1 – 5 to follow along.  For grades 6 – 12, this activity can also be assigned for independent learning.

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1930s Baldizzi Family  | The Baldizzi Family story features an Italian-American family and their 1935 tenement home. Students will learn about the push and pull factors and immigration regulations impacting their immigration journey to the United States and consider how the family created a home in a time of crisis: the Great Depression.

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes, Push and Pull Factors
  • Topics: European Immigration, The Great Depression

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