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Of Mice and Men and Migrant Farm Workers of the Great Depression
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 33 Views 155 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Ethics of Outsourcing to China
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 79 Views 315 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
Learners identify productive resources that are important to migrant workers. In this instructional activity on resources, students give examples of natural resources, human resources and capital resources that apply to migrant workers. This instructional activity has worksheets that integrate other content areas.
2nd - 5th Language Arts 14 Views 53 Downloads
Migrant Workers Through the Lens of Dorothea Lange
Students explore the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression. In this Great Depression activity, 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 activity.
8th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 15 Downloads
New Review Constructing Narrative from the Migrant Experience in Literature
Excerpts from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and from John Fante's Ask the Dust, as well as a variety of primary source documents provide the background for an examination of the migrant experience from 1920-1945.
9th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Words In The News Latin American Migrant Money
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 31 Downloads
The Great Depression
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.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 42 Views 67 Downloads
Art to Zoo: Life in the Promised Land: African-American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916-1940
This is a fantastic resource designed for learners to envision what it was like for the three million African-Americans who migrated to urban industrial centers of the northern United States between 1910 and 1940. After reading a fictional interview detailing one family's unique experience of uprooting themselves for a better life, class members brainstorm what type of questions might have been asked in the interview.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History 20 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Student Handout 6E: Trail of the Tomato Group E: Farm Workers
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.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
Trouble in the Fields: Mexican Migrant Workers
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.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 8 Views 22 Downloads
Who Are America's Harvesters?
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.
6th - 10th Language Arts 3 Views 11 Downloads
An Introduction to the Dust Bowl and Migrant Workers in the 1930’s
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
Building Background Knowledge: Why Do Workers Strike? (Chapter 11: "Los Aguacates/Avocados")
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.
5th - 7th Language Arts 48 Views 81 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Student Handout 6D: Trail of the Tomato: Group D: Labor Contractors
A research project that concludes with a visual and written presentation. This is all about the tomato and how it relates to the lives of migrant workers, labor contractors, and industrial agriculture. This is a group project that is sure to promote economic awareness.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
Esperanza Rising: Lesson 9
Sixth graders explore culture by reading a book with classmates. In this Hispanic history instructional activity, 6th graders read the story First Day in Grapes, and discuss the tough lives of migrant workers. Students answer study questions after the story.
6th Language Arts 4 Views 3 Downloads
About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange Going to the Promised Land
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.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 309 Downloads
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.
5th - 10th Social Studies & History 4 Views 34 Downloads
John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath": The Inner Chapters
Here’s a must-have resource for anyone using The Grapes of Wrath. Everything from guiding question to background information, from photographs to documentary films, from activities to assessments is included in a richly detailed packet designed to show readers the tight relationship between the Joad narrative and the inner or intercalary chapters of John Steinbeck’s acclaimed novel.
9th - 12th Language Arts 18 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Fancying the Full-Time
Young scholars 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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads