Art to Zoo: Life in the Promised Land: African-American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916-1940

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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.

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CCSS: Adaptable

  • 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