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Understanding Migration


Found in: social studies; 6-8; 9-12

Understanding Migration provides activities for grades 6–12 social studies students to explore issues of human migration. Suggestions for adapting activities for younger students are included. The unit is aligned with TEKS and National Geography Standards.

Download the complete unit Understanding Migration ( PDF, 7.7 MB, 162 pgs.) or separate sections. Each section lists standards.

SECTION 1: Introduction To Migration Video (20:19) The video can be viewed online or downloaded (246.1 MB). Script included.

PowerPoint Presentation ( PDF, 16.3 MB, zipped) is a brief introduction to migration theory with key vocabulary and real world examples. The points raised are the same as those in the video, though the statistics in the video appear more up-to-date.

Section 2: Understanding Migration: Classroom Strategies has two introductory activities that can be downloaded separately. Student Activity 1  ( PDF, 369 KB, 14 pgs) asks students to interview and collect data from people they know in their communities to understand migration trends. This activity can be modified for elementary students. Templates for backline world map and data collection worksheet are included.

Section 3: Using T-Charts and Writing Prompts to Explore Migration has five case studies, activities that explore real-world examples of migration (Brazil, India, Palestine, Nicaragua, Russia). Each can be downloaded separately. Case Study 1: Rural-Urban Migration In Brazil ( PDF, 310 KB, 16 pgs) asks students to consider why people in rural areas would choose to stay or go to big cities. The case study includes readings, T-chart activity, and writing prompt.

Section 4: Case Studies for the Advocate-Decision Making Activity has seven case studies that can be downloaded separately. Each case study includes worksheets. Case Study: Should Palestinian Arabs Be Allowed The "Right Of Return" To Israel? ( PDF, 547 KB, 26 pgs.) Palestinians claim they have the right to return to their ancestral homes now within the state of Israel. Israelis disagree. A resolution to this disagreement is essential to ending the Israeli-Arab conflict. Students read primary source documents to defend a position.

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