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Italian Curriculum

Prof. Frank Campione, teacher of Italian at Nottingham High School in Hamilton Township, converted part of his new classroom into an Italian café, Café Europa. Pictured here at the ribbon cutting ceremony are Cav. Gilda Rorro Baldassari, Ed.D., Chair of the New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission and the Mayor of Hamilton Township, the Hon. Mayor
John Bencivengo.

Sons of Italy Promotes Italian Heritage and Culture

The Sons of Italy is working with The Universality of Italian Heritage, a free school curriculum on Italian and Italian-American subject, to make lessons plans revolving around Italian culture more readily available to teachers, students, parents, and the general public.

The Universality of Italian Heritage is a series of lesson plans aimed at students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The lesson plans present a wealth of information about Italian history, discoveries and contributions that teachers can easily insert into traditional school subjects including social studies, literature, history and even math, science and the arts.

The lesson plans include vocabulary and key terms, historical background information, maps, topics for essays and study groups and bibliographies. The lesson plans can even be used by parents who want to stimulate their children’s interest in things Italian. The curriculum is free and can be downloaded from The Universality of Italian Heritage website.

Gilda Rorro Baldassari chaired the committee that developed the lesson plans for the New Jersey Italian and Italian American Commission in 2008. Today, she also chairs the commission. For more information, contact the Commission in New Brunswick, N.J. at 732-932-0670 or by email at

The Universality of Italian Heritage: Sample History Lesson Plan

Why did Columbus sail into the dangerous unknown waters of the Atlantic Ocean instead of taking the shorter, safer overland route to reach the spice traders in the Middle East? Why did he sail for Spain instead of for Italy? What Italian power dominated the lucrative spice trade before Columbus discovered the New World? What were the most popular and expensive spices that 16th century Europeans craved?

Teachers and parents can help children find the answers to these and many other facts about the role that Italy and Italians have played in world history in The Universality of Italian Heritage’s innovative lesson plans.