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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-21 Tracing Migration Patterns

This middle school lesson utilizes census records to trace migration patterns of two German families who settled in Kansas.  Students will read expository text about what a census is and why they are made.  Students will complete a graphic organizer using two census record entries and draw conclusions about German migration patterns. This lesson can be completed in two class periods. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

M-21 Tracing Migration Patterns M-21 Tracing Migration Patterns

Lesson plan

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #3 Societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas, and diversity.

  • 3.1: The student will recognize and evaluate significant beliefs, contributions, and ideas of the many diverse peoples and groups and their impact on individuals, communities, states, and nations.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • RH.6-8.1: The student cites specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • RH.6-8.7: The student integrates visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.