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How great was the Great Migration?

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The goal of this inquiry is for students to gain an informed, critical perspective on the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West from 1915-1970.  By investigating the movement, including the injustice of Jim Crow in the South, and the racism migrants continued to face in the North and West, students will examine how the migration changed the social fabric of the United States.  Through taking a critical look at the documents, students should understand the extent to which this movement was “great,” and determine if the title Great Migration is fitting. 
Social Science
High School
Grade 11
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Matthew Loban
on Jan 09, 09:50am Evaluation

Opportunities for Deeper Learning: Superior (3)

Each task offers scaffolding opportunities to create lists, create chart using data, create original content using evidence, and lastly developing an original argument.

Matthew Loban
on Jan 09, 09:50am Evaluation

Quality of Technological Interactivity: Strong (2)

The technological interactivity is there for you to create. The lesson has four sources that can be delivered how you see fit as an instructor. The sources are primary sources including a report on lynching, a census, an oral history, and a letter.

Matthew Loban
on Jan 09, 09:50am Evaluation

Quality of Assessments: Superior (3)

There are four formative performance tasks that build on rigor with each step. In the end, students develop a claim supported by evidence that explains why migrants moved North and how life was different from that in the South.

Matthew Loban
on Jan 09, 09:50am Evaluation

Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter: Superior (3)

This source provides excellent information to help students engage in the the question of how Great the Great Migration is. Students work through four questions that help them develop an understanding that racism and discrimination follows African Americans when they leave the South, although life was probably better for most.


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