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By Sarah Lane
Aug 22, 2006, 06:32 PST
Gangs of New York
America Was Born In The Streets.
Grade Level: 9-12, college - Although the information provided in this lesson plan is appropriate for students from 9th-12th grade, only students over 17, or those with their parents permission, should watch Gangs of New York. This film contains high levels of violence and mature content, and is rated R.
Keywords: Lesson Plan, Movies in the Classroom, 1863, Civil War Draft Riots, New York City, Manhattan, immigrants, Irish, gangs, survival, equality, history, New World, riots, New World, Ellis Island, records, pictures, written accounts, newspaper clippings, predecessors, Veterans Memories Project, heritage, Irish Potato Famine, immigration, emigrants.
Author: Sarah Lane
Affiliation: ClassBrain, Inc.
Date: 28 February, 2003
Duration: 1 to 2 class periods
Gangs of New York takes place in New York City during the crescendo of the 1863 Civil War Draft Riots. In the midst of urban unrest, in a section of lower Manhattan called Five Points, a young Irish immigrant named Amsterdam Vallon returns from forced labor to avenge his fathers murder. He befriends an anti-immigrant English gang leader called Bill the Butcher, who teaches him how to fight and shares his secrets for survival. When a face from the past remembers Amsterdam, its only a matter of time before his identity is revealed and sparks begin to fly. The movies premise is Amsterdams fight for redemption, personal survival, and a place for his people in the New World.
Watch the film Gangs of New York, 2002, directed by Martin Scorsese. Complete the following project in conjunction with the movie. This film is not recommended for younger viewers. Check the Suggested Book List for post film resources.
Resources and Materials
Gangs of New York (movie)
Gangs of New York - Suggested Book List
ClassBrains Ellis Island Article
Veterans Memories Kit
ClassBrains Irish Potato Famine Article
Irish Potato Famine
This Lesson Plan will focus on how the worlds current events effect Americas immigration numbers. Have students read ClassBrains article on the Irish Potato Famine from the Resources & Materials section of this Lesson Plan. Have them choose a major event in history and research the corresponding fluctuation of immigration numbers in the United States. What were the circumstances surrounding the event? Were there political, international, or any other type of ramifications? Were there more or less people entering the United States at this time? What were the repercussions of the population increase or decrease? What was the general populations opinion of the situation? Where there homeland issues as well? How was the populous divided? Was this situation avoidable? Have the students write an essay that explores the answers to these questions.
Genre(s): Action, Crime, Drama
Family Rating: kids-in-mind
Running Time: 166 minutes
Primary Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz
Director: Martin Scorsese
Music: Bono, Peter Gabriel, Howard Shore
Screenplay: Jay Cocks
Producers: (Primary) Alberto Grimaldi, (Associate) Gerry Robert Byrne, (Co-Producer) Laura Fattori
Studio: Mirimax Film Corporation
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