History in the Classroom

Teacher Resources

New Yorkers At Work: Oral history lesson plans

New Yorkers at WorkNew Yorkers at Work is an ongoing oral history project of New York University's Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives that seeks to document the history of labor and the working experiences of New Yorkers.
Each lesson plan consists of an mp3 audio file and a PDF booklet containing an overview of the era, discussion questions, and lessons related to both that booklet's theme and oral history.  They can be downloaded individually below, or as one large file. 

Candace Falk: The Emma Goldman Papers

Emma GoldmanThe Emma Goldman Papers at the Berkeley Digital Library and Emma Goldman: an overview from the Jewish Women's Archive.

PDF With Speech as My Weapon: Emma Goldman and the First Amendment, a unit of study for grades 8 - 12 by Candace Falk.

Books: Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years -  vol. 1  and vol. 2.

Julia Rose Kraut: Immigration and Exclusion

 Eye Exam at Ellis Island.The West Side Story lesson plan is available for purchase through the website of the New York Historical Society.

Gina Barreca's article "Ellis Island: One Immigrant's Story" from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Library of Congress' Prints and Photographs online catalog contains a number of photographs, newspaper cartoons, and posters which could be used in class, including the image on the left of an eye exam at Ellis Island.  Most of these images are now in the public domain and can be used and altered without restriction.


Marcelo Suárez-Orozco: Rethinking Global Migration

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco's PowerPoint presentation (7MB): Rethinking Global Migration.


Carola Suárez-Orozco: Engaging Immigrant Youth

Carola Suárez-Orozco's PowerPoint presentation (2MB): Engaging Immigrant Youth.


Kate Caldwell: Arizona SB 1070 in legal context

The packet given out by Ms. Caldwell in her workshop (PDF 6MB).  Contains: text of House Bill 2162; an excerpt from Nobodies; ACLU comparison chart; Takahashi v. Fish and Game Commission; Mexican travel alert; and Escobar v. Brewer.