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. Then, after reading and learning more about the migrants' experiences as a whole, your young historians will interview someone they personally know who moved to their community as an adult and will then compose a short writing piece based on the interview.
- Excellent background information for instructor
- Offers unique opportunity for learners to relate historical experiences to their own experiences
- All handouts provided, including Spanish translation of reading assignment
- Engaging reading handout and follow-up activity
- Adaptable to wide range of Common Core standards for language arts
- Need to include further instruction on how to properly conduct and record an interview, as well as how to compose an essay
- Reading and lesson may not be appropriate for fourth grade learners