Tuesday, July 15, 2014

American Immigration 1850 ~ 1950: A Homeschool High School Program

  • Allie and Piper will understand/feel a stronger connection with Naunie and her experiences as an Italian immigrant working as a seamstress in sewing factories in New York City in the early part of the 20th century.  They will have a deeper understanding of our heritage and the experiences that have shaped our family.
  • Allie and Piper will gain more understanding of how the sewing factories where their great-grandmother worked were instrumental in many of the major societal changes that occurred at that time, such as labor laws, the right to organize and a woman's right to vote.
  • Allie and Piper will gain an understanding of the values and laws of the early 20th century and how they have changed.  They will be able to form opinions about this.
  • Through a sociopolitical lens, Allie and Piper will gain a better understanding of the history of New York City, how neighborhoods were formed, why cultural heritage is important and should be upheld, why certain laws and regulations are necessary, what happens when people do not have a voice or a safety net and how the United States treated immigrants during WWII.
  • Allie and Piper will realize that there have always been issues in society but that people lived through them, overcame obstacles and affected change and that as United States citizens, they, too, have a voice and the potential to affect change.

Fall:  US Immigrants 1850-1950
Visit the Tenement Museum in NYC

Part One:  New to America
1.)  1889 -- Read Sweet America by Steven Kroll  

GET AMERICA 1900 documentary from library
GET Our Contributions: Italians in America from library (excerpt)

Assignment: Create a comic strip about an immigrant in the late 1800s, early 1900s--Reports Kids Love to Write, pages 29-31

2.)  turn of century - Read When I Dream of Heaven: Angelina’s Story by Steven Kroll

Assignment: Dear Diary Report from Reports Kids Love to Write, pages 35-37

Theresa - Read With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote by Ann Bausam

Italians of the South Village - this is relevant for my family, as my Nauna and her family settled in the South Village in the 1920s

Part Two:  The Right to Organize & The Right to Vote

3.)  1911 Read Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix  

Assignment: Use Fact/Fiction Graphic Organizer from 50 Reproducible Strategy Sheets

Watch: Iron Jawed Angels
Rewatch: The Men Who Built America and have the girls use Graphic Organizers from Reports Kids Love to Write

5.)  1917- Read A Time of Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen by Kathryn Lasky

6.)  One girl read biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one girl read biography of Susan B. Anthony.  

Assignment: Use the Biography Worksheets from Drawn Into the Heart of Reading

Get from Library & Watch: Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Assignment: Research paper on Women’s Suffrage movement AND a PowerPoint Presentation; use at least two non fiction books, cite information from biographies and non fiction books.

Part Three:  Values of the early 1900s

4.)  1916 - Read 97 Orchard Street, New York: Stories of Immigrant Life by Linda Granfield

Theresa: Read 97 Orchard: An Edible History by Jane Ziegelman and make some recipes!!!!

Assignment: Write a 600-1000 word story.  Choose either first or third person.  You or your character lives at 97 Orchard Street or in that neighborhood, you are an immigrant, “show don’t tell” your reader what your life is like.

*****Visit The Tenement Museum in Manhattan *****

6.)  1918- Piper read: Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce by Lois Lowry  

Watch: the movie A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

6.)  1920s-- Allie read The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity

Assignment: Historical Fiction handout from Drawn Into The Heart of Reading.

Part Four: The New York Children’s Aid Society
7.)  1930s - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (Allie)
7.)  1930s -We Rode the Orphan Train by Andrea Warren (Piper) OR
7.)  1930s- Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story by Andrea Warren

Assignment: Create a magazine report about Orphan Trains--pages 60-62 Reports Kids Love to Write

Part Five:  The Great Depression

8.)  1932 - Read Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift by Kathryn Lasky Watch: PBS Presentation: The Great Depression documentary
Watch: Cinderella Man (movie)

Part Six:  World War II and Japanese Internment Camps
9.) Read One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss Vienna Austria to New York, 1938 by Barry Denenberg

Assignment: Alphabet report from Report Kids Love to Write

10.) Read Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green
Summer of My German Soldier Study Guide with Quiz and Book Report Ideas--each girl can pick one to do

11.) Read The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559 Mirror Lake Internment Camp by Barry Denenberg

Assignment: Newspaper Report from Reports Kids Love to Write

Cross Reference Movies from our Film Study/Analysis class:

The Sound of Music
Judgement in Nuremberg

Eye of the Needle