Lesson Plan

Respond to an Oral History

Students chart parts of their identity before listening to an oral history from the child of a Chinese immigrant.

Following a reading of the family article, “The Wong Family Story,” students brainstorm all the factors that make up their identities and make identity charts.  By doing a gallery walk, they notice patterns within their class. They apply their new perspectives on identity to analyze Kevin Wong’s oral history about his name change in the 1980s.


Making A Home


1 Class Period


What does an oral history teach us about identity?

Related Program

100 Years Apart

Important Information

What will students understand through this lesson?

  • Neighborhoods with many immigrants and their children develop because they provide work, support, access to culture, less racism and discrimination, and friendship. While adult immigrants often spend time with people who speak their home language, children often make friends across difference.

Primary Resource

Related Family Story

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