General description
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A Sample of the text

The Free teacher resource supplement

Little Italy
Italian-Americans
Hopes and Dreams series


By Tana Reiff

An 80-page reader for

Beginning Readers
Middle School to Adult


Little Italy, reader - $9.50

ISBN 10: 0-86647-389-0
ISBN 13: 978-086647-389-7




Little Italy, audio CD - $9.50

ISBN 10: 0-86647-390-4
ISBN 13: 978-086647-390-3




Little Italy, reader/CD set - $19.00

ISBN 10: 0-86647-391-2
ISBN 13: 978-086647-391-0






Here is the brief story summary

Little Italy is the story of the Trella family. In 1920 Vito's land is worn out, and he can't sell his oranges. Sadly, he leaves his Italian homeland and sails to New York to get work and save enough money to bring his wife, Rosetta, and their three children to America. For more than two years he works as a stonecutter, building the new skyscrapers of New York. It is dangerous work. Finally, he saves enough money for four tickets. Rosetta and their children join him. They make their new life on Mulberry Street in New York's Little Italy. Rosetta finds the city dirty and depressing at first, but she learns to love her Italian neighbors and her church. They have four more children. Then Vito falls, is injured, and must take a job making paper flowers; the whole family helps. All seven children finish high school and get good jobs. Vito and Rosetta stay in Little Italy. The novel ends as their youngest child, Dominick, graduates from high school with honors.

A Social Studies Lesson Set for ABE Literacy Students by Anita Caref and Emma Meade
that can be adapted for use with other classes and other novels in this series.
This Lesson Set works with "Nobody Knows" and "The Magic Paper."



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