The Italian Americans

For Educators

Opening Lesson: Italian + American

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Lesson Overview

Who are Italian Americans? What does this term evoke? In this quick, introductory activity, students consider their own and society’s preconceptions of Italian Americans, view a trailer for the documentary series and identify new questions to investigate further.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify baseline preconceptions about Italian Americans
  • Contrast content of series trailer with preconceptions and images in the media
  • Identify questions and topics for further investigation

Lesson PDFs

Multimedia Resources

The Italian Americans, Series Trailer (video)