Strangers in a Strange Land

Grades 3-12



Lessons

The common theme of the unit is
How do you achieve the American dream if you have not been born here?

Lessons will explore immigrants from diverse places like Italy, Hungary, Germany, and within the Roman Empire, as they worked to achieve the same rights and privileges as native-born citizens in the early 20th century.

Significant historical events discussed include:

  • the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire,
  • Sacco-Venzetti Trial,
  • Bread and Roses Strike,
  • the Plebian and Roman Twelve Tables of Law,
  • Boston Political Machine, and
  • World War 1.

Ultimately, students will explore what success looked like for an immigrant to America from the standpoint of both individual and group.


Boston Power: Immigrants and Politics in the early 20th Century -- Ashley Yoerger Rome and Lawrence on Strike: The Plebeians and Bread and Roses Struggle for Equal Rights -- Luke Dedeus We are Americans! Hear our Voices! -- Joanna Newton
Boston Power: Immigrants and Politics in the early 20th Century

Created by:
Ashley Yoerger, Medford High School. Medford
Rome and Lawrence on Strike: The Plebeians and Bread and Roses Struggle for Equal Rights

Created by:
Lucas Dedeus, South Middle School, Braintree
We are Americans! Hear our Voices!

Created by:
Joanna Newton, Hollis Elementary School, Braintree
Is There Magic to Success? -- Barbara Kennedy Becoming an American citizen is easy...for some people! -- Jessica Travaline
Is There Magic to Success?

Created by:
Barbara Kennedy, Beebe School, Malden
Becoming an American citizen is easy...for some people!

Created by:
Jessica Travaline, Berkowitz School, Chelsea
Background Image:

Map of Boston showing new division of wards (1886)
courtesy of the Boston Public Library's Norman B. Leventhal Map Room