Boyle Heights: Continuity and Change

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  8 -  10
Estimated completion time:
 1 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
Subject Area:
 Social Studies, History, English Language Arts, Freshman Seminar, Humanities, Psychology, Visual & Performing Arts

In this activity, students learn about Boyle Heights, one of Los Angeles’ oldest and historically most diverse neighborhoods. Through this examination, they learn about the history of Jewish survivor immigrants and refugees who settled there. Students read information about Boyle Heights, study historical and contemporary photographs and they watch audiovisual testimony of Holocaust survivors who share their experiences with Boyle Heights in relation to their immigrant and refugee experience. Students engage in reflection and engage in close reading of text to explore the question of the relationship between place and identity.

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