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As part of their study of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, class members explore the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression. Groups examine primary and secondary sources to gain an understanding of the travails of men like George Milton and Lennie Small. The class then compares the lives of migrant farm workers of the depression era to those today.
Students explore the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression. For this Great Depression lesson, students examine photographs and song lyrics to gain an understanding of the conditions for people living in the era. Students create artwork or songs that represent what they learned in the lesson.
High schoolers identify the concerns of people caught in desperate times during the Great Depression. They make connections between The Grapes of Wrath and historical images from the Great Depression. Students make connections between the experiences of migrant workers from the Great Depression and more contemporary times.
Students explore the life of a migrant worker. They compare the life of those living in the United States with a poorer country such as Mexico or Latin America. After looking up the definitions of vocabulary words, groups of students read about the plight of migrant workers. They discuss how migrant workers support their families. Students simulate an interview with a illegal migrant worker. They write a newspaper article on the life of migrant workers.
Students identify productive resources that are important to migrant workers. In this lesson on resources, students give examples of natural resources, human resources and capital resources that apply to migrant workers. This lesson has worksheets that integrate other content areas.
ï»¿In this Migrants Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, choose the correct word, multiple choice, spelling, sequencing, scrambled sentences, asking questions, surveying, and writing. Students complete 12 activities for Migrants Day.
Students explore the changes in American farming practices. Through several days of reading and research, students write an essay explaining the changes that have led to the need for migrant workers. Students discuss how workers are hired and why they are willing to work for small wages. They create a poster advertising production by farmworkers and simulate an interview between a migrant worker and a social worker.
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in China. This lesson includes excellent resources and wonderful discussion questions intended to engage learners in building an economic and global perspective of US business overseas.
Students read and discuss the book, Esperanza Rising. After analyzing and identifying the novel's structural elements, they examine working conditions for migrant workers in the 1930s. As part of the lesson plan, students in groups choose subjects for short, dramatic scenes about a immigrant farm worker's daily life.
To better understand the migrant experience during the Great Depression, pupils analyze two primary resources: photographs by Dorothea Lange and a U.S. Map that shows the Dust Bowl. They compare and contrast Lange's images to Steinbeck's works. Using these, a U.S. map, and a newspaper article from 1937, they discuss their findings and write their responses. This lesson includes worksheets, a comparison rubric, and suggested extensions for the initial assignment.
Make connections between Esperanza Rising and human rights with the activities outlined here. The lesson starts out with a brief quiz and review of the novel. After that, pupils circulate and share quote strips that you give to them. The goal is to match quotes from the novel with quotes about human rights. Class members will also learn what a strike is and connect that knowledge to the novel by completing a note-catcher and discussing the text. All materials are included in an engaging Common Core designed lesson.
Students examine push and pull factors at work in China. In this modern China lesson, students research primary and secondary sources in electronic and print formats to investigate the plight of migrant workers in China today. Students discuss their impressions of internal migration and debate issues that relate to it.
There is nothing like a historic photograph to move your learners. Pictures tell stories in an organic and emotional way. Explore the causes of the dust bowl and the great depression with your class. Each slide contains a single black and white image taken during the depression, they depict everything from picket lines to mothers and children. Many of the slides include lecture notes for your convenience.
Eighth graders analyze Cesar Chavez's actions to help migrant farm workers and write a summary of his actions and their impact. They map out the areas on a California map that Cesar worked and helped the migrant farm workers. They then compare migrant farm conditions then and now.