New York, New York / It’s a Wonderful Town: Navigating New York City in One Day

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New York City is one of the world's most fascinating cities. Using the 1949 MGM film musical classic On the Town for inspiration, invite your students to plan a one day itinerary to explore the Big Apple. Your students will respect your old-school approach when you have them listen to lyrics that explain that the "Bronx is up and the Battery's down" and people "get around in a hole in the ground". Do you know where Grant's Tomb is located or do you know the best way to get to the Bowery? You will (and so will your students) after you conduct this engaging 3-day lesson plan with your English Language Arts class (also Humanities, ESL, and Social Studies friendly). Read more on my blog to see how I use this resource as a teacher.

*Distance Learning Tip: Google Classroom Friendly Resource*

This resource includes the following features:

  • 1 Lesson Planning Guide and Calendar
  • 1 Cloze Passage Worksheet
  • Lecture Notes for the Teacher
  • 1 Guided Notetaking Organizer
  • 6 Editable Google Slide Templates
  • 2 Color NYC Landmarks Contact Sheets
  • 1 NYC Itinerary Template
  • 1 NYC Map Template
  • 1 NYC Map Resource List
  • List of New York City Regional Transit Maps (including the New York City Subway)

Suggested Classroom Use:

  • Unit on New York City History
  • ESL Class for English Language Learners
  • Middle School Humanities

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Total Pages
18 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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