Pastrami, Tacos, Burgers: Continuity and Change in Boyle Heights

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  6 -  9
Estimated completion time:
 1.5 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 ISTE, Common Core
Subject Area:
 History, English Language Arts, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Humanities, Media & Digital Literacy, Social Studies
Learning Aims:
  • Describe the characteristics of Boyle Heights and the impact diversity had on it over time.
  • Develop critical and analytical thinking skills using various forms of text.
  • Determine the importance of place on identity.
  • Develop empathy and respect for differences and the immigrant experience
  • Description:
    This IWalk provides students with an opportunity to learn about one of Los Angeles’ oldest and historically diverse neighborhoods. A working-class immigrant community to Jews, Japanese and Mexican immigrants and others, Boyle Heights reflects a rich history of immigration and a place that has always welcomed people from diverse backgrounds. Through careful analysis of audiovisual testimony of survivors of the Holocaust and other primary and secondary source material, students will reflect on the significance of time and place on notions of continuity and change – two central themes that cut across multiple disciplines, including history and social studies and English language arts.

    Lesson Materials
    Starting Location
    East Cesar E Chavez Avenue & N Breed St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
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    Route Description
    4 Stops
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