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The Changing Face of New York City

The Changing Face of New York City

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Aim: students will be able to describe how the face of New York City has changed as a result of the different ethnic groups.

Lesson Development:

Step 1 - Active engagement. Teacher will provide a list of food items related to a specific ethnic group or nation and a list of nations or ethnic groups that students will be asked to match. For example

  • Spaghetti
  • Tacos
  • Sushi
  • Curry
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • India

Step 2 - Teacher will explain how even though these traditional foods are typical of foreign nations, they can be found and are consumed in New York City. Teacher then proceeds to read a highlighted section of an article that describes the major ethnic changes in New York City.

Step 3 - Students will be separated into three groups. Each group will be assigned a topic to focus on.

  • Group 1- Sports and Entertainment (example like basketball, baseball, music genre)
  • Group 2- Education/school system (Bilingual programs, and ESL curriculum)
  • Group 3- Legislation (hate crime laws, Equal opportunity employment)

Step 4- Students will research for evidence of how ethnic groups have impacted their assigned topics. Students will use their textbooks, and the classroom computer to complete the task.

Step 5- Students share with members of other groups their findings and hold on the information to be used in a subsequent lesson.

Homework: Students produce a one paragraph summary of their findings.

Lesson development:

  • Step 1 - Students will do a “think-pair-share” about the ethnic group that has changed New York City the most. Responses are shared with the class.
  • Step 2 - Teacher then explains that there is not a right or wrong answer and then proceeds to show the class a cartoon that illustrate the idea of New York City as a melting pot. Teacher narrates how New York City was once a hub for immigration with the statue of liberty and Ellis Island greeting immigrants.
  • Step 3 - Students return to their groups from the previous lesson and create a political cartoon demonstrating how their corresponding topic has changed the face of New York City.
  • Step 4 - Students prepare a 5 minutes presentation to explain their cartoon.
  • Step 5 - Teacher then sums up and remind students that ethnic groups have impacted the city in many ways. For example, Mexican restaurants can be found all over the nation. Music is another example. Reggae from Jamaica has become popular in the United States and has influenced other music styles.

Homework: students research about one positive contribution made by their ethnic group. They prepare a one page essay.

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students will be able to describe how the face of New York City has changed as a result of the different ethnic groups.

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