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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1930’s Baldizzi Family | The Baldizzi Family story features an Italian American family and their 1935 Tenement home. By exploring a ship manifest and 1924 newspaper clips, students learn about the push and pull factors of the family’s immigration and the nativistic 1924 immigration law that created obstacles for their journey to the United States.
Topics: European Immigration, Citizenship and Naturalization