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Young scholars 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. Young scholars create artwork or songs that represent what they learned in the lesson.
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.
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 become curators and museum reviewers for an online gallery using a selected group of primary sources on Mexican migrant workers. They share and reflect on their own and each other's ideas though participation in an on-line discussion forum.
Students examine impressions of a community of migrant workers in Texas who go north to pick crops. The lesson highlights the poverty and discrimination that a family suffers in the 1970's.
Students consider rights a worker deserves and research the impact of migrant workers in countries around the world. They create public service announcements to increase awareness and address letters to individuals capable of redressing workers' plight.
Students identify productive resources that are important to migrant workers. In this lesson plan on resources, students give examples of natural resources, human resources and capital resources that apply to migrant workers. This lesson plan has worksheets that integrate other content areas.
Sixth graders explore culture by reading a book with classmates. In this Hispanic history lesson, 6th graders read the story First Day in Grapes, and discuss the tough lives of migrant workers. Students answer study questions after the story.
Pupils 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 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.
Pupils 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. Pupils 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.
Students examine the issues of stereotypes and prejudice in the context of a novel about migrant workers. In this literature lesson students read Under the Same Sky by Cynthia Delilice and break into groups to discuss topics that arise in the reading.
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.
In this Migrants Day learning exercise, learners 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.
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. 
Students read the book "Esperanza Rising" and identify the challenges faced by migrant workers in the United States. They analyze the experiences of characters using text and a graphic organizer, and complete a creative writing piece using the Six Traits Writing Model.
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, students in groups choose subjects for short, dramatic scenes about a immigrant farm worker's daily life.
What is life like for migrant farm workers picking tomatoes at the industrial level? Your class will research and create a visual display describing farm life, work on the farm, and the pressures put on agricultural producers by high consumer demands. Web links are included. 
With two Steinbeck quotes and a ton of primary source images, this presentation on the Dust Bowl is a winner. Photographs are broken up by informational text retelling the story of the migrant workers who left home for hope in California. This would be a perfect resource to intro Steinbeck's book, Grapes of Wrath or when discussing the Depression Era.
Students explore migration and why people move. They explore the movement of native populations. Students explore the economy as an factor in migration. They discuss the exploitation of the migrant worker.

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