ERIC Number: ED444894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Yankees and Immigrants: Activity Guide.
Massachusetts Univ., Lowell. Tsongas Industrial History Center.
This field trip program, a 75-minute interpretive tour and a 90-minute workshop, provides students with the opportunity to explore what it was like for newcomers from many different cultures to move to an industrial city. The workshop complements the tour by bringing the significance of historic resources to life. The tour focuses on the experiences common to all mill workers in the textile industry of Lowell, Massachusetts, both Yankee and immigrant. After an introduction to the two primary workforces in Lowell, students learn about the mill environment and gain insight into the changing nature of work and workers' lives. In the workshop, each student is given a role card based on the life of an actual immigrant to Lowell. Once all the students have been processed through immigration, members of the six ethnic groups find some background information on their group, their homeland, and their reasons for immigrating to Lowell. The final part of the program allows students to take on a role and to introduce themselves as their characters to the rest of their class. The activity guide presents the theme, lists program objectives, provides historical background, and enumerates pre- and post-visit activities. Includes an immigration timeline and a glossary of terms. (BT)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Field Trips, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Immigrants, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Thematic Approach, United States History
Tsongas Industrial History Center, 400 Foot of John Street, Lowell, MA 01852; Web site: http://www.uml.edu/tsongas/.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Lowell. Tsongas Industrial History Center.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts