Read Kansas! Middle School - M-24 Mexican Migration to Kansas
This lesson focuses on the contributions of Mexican immigrant labor on two important industries in Kansas (railroad and agriculture) at the turn of the 20th century. Students will read a brief history on the topic and a reminiscence of an immigrant's experience. Students will study the costs and benefits to the businesses and the immigrants using a "Foldable" two tab concept map. This lesson is designed to be completed in one class period.
7th grade Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 2, Indicator 7: The student describes the contributions made by Mexican immigrants to agriculture and the railroad industry.
7th grade Reading Standards:
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 4: The student generates and responds logically to literal, inferential, evaluative, synthesizing, and critical thinking questions before, during, and after reading the text.
Common Core Reading Standards:
- RI.7.1: The student cites several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.