Chinatown Resource Guide
This lesson relates to the following topic from the California History-Social Science Framework for grade eight:
Linking Past to Present
1 CLASS PERIOD - discussion and video
PLUS STUDENT TIME FOR RESEARCH
1. Give students a brief amount of time to write a list of words
or phrases describing a community. Have each share his/her list with one
2. Before screening the video, instruct students to add to their
list of Chinatown community traits as they are discussed. (Stopping the
video after a community characteristic has been mentioned is a useful
technique to reinforce learning.)
3. After viewing the video, have each student again meet with
another classmate to discuss their lists.
4. Have students look at their lists and circle
the items they feel are characteristics of their own community.
Have students interview a community hero. Why is this person a hero in their lives, or the community? Have students prepare speeches honoring these heroes.
Using the list that has been developed while viewing CHINATOWN as a foundation, write a series of letters home from a Chinese person expressing his/her frustration with laws and discriminatory treatment. Because the writer did not want to worry his/her family in China, she/he actually did not send these letters but tied them up and put them away in a trunk. An archaeologist discovers this dust-covered bundle 100 years later (1996). What do these letters say
Take me back to the Chinatown Resource Guide home page
Take me back to the Chinatown home page