Adult Ed
Apricot * Barrio * Chutney * Day Oh



A, B, C and D are the first four letters of the American English writing system we call the alphabet. The roots of the words that make up the title of this lesson can be found in foreign soil; each word has a history that has traveled on the backs of people in books or in stories of labor and love. The lives of the immigrants that have carried their message are often misunderstood. This lesson will examine the life of The New Americans and consider the contributions of the world's citizens to the fabric of the 21st century American experience.

Target Level
Subject Matter
  • Language arts, Art

Learning objectives:

LANGUAGE for Social Interaction (
Students will read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction - Students will use oral and written language for effective social communication with a wide variety of people. As readers and listeners, they will use the social communications of others to enrich their understanding of people and their views

Responding to and Analyzing Works of ART ( Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.

The New Americans, Episode 2 (Guest name: ABCDayoh)
Log onto the bookmarking site as a guest. While there you will find a repository of all of the websites used in this lesson

The New Americans
Companion web site to support the seven-hour documentary produced by Independent Lens. Explore the personalities of the subjects, the cultural riches they deposit in their American communities and challenge your own ideas about the rhetoric swirling around the issues of immigration in the United States. The Series Guide and Activity Book that can be accessed through the hyperlinks on the main site is an incredible resource for the ESOL classroom.

Harry Belafonte on Tavis Smiley
Companion web site to support the Tavis Smiley Show. Harry Belafonte is known worldwide for his contributions to the arts as an actor and vocal musician. He is increasingly being regarded as highly for his political action and commitment to the social and political empowerment of the "voiceless" around the globe as he is for his artistic ability. This 23-minute interview probes Mr. Belafonte's life influences and explores his immigrant experience.

Day Oh lyrics (Shaggy's version)
Lyrics from the updated version of Harry Belafonte's classic "Banana Boat" song. This version is a celebration of Jamaican life with a modern flair.

NBC News, Today Show Interview with Mike Leonard
Video segment showcasing the subjects of some of Mr. Zimmerman's work as they recall their experience and view the exhibit that was inspired by their daily lives.

Index cards
Jeff Zimmerman Mural Art
New Americans Series Guide and Activity Book, Part 4
Appendix C: Cultural Comparisons Worksheet
Appendix D: Experience Charts
Appendix H: Discussion Quotes by Theme

Prep for teachers
Cue tape of the New Americans
Print copies of all handouts (Zimmerman Art and appendices) for each student
Make double-sided copies of Appendix C and D
Log onto and access the "ABCDayOh" bookmarks as a guest or bookmark sites on individual computers
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