Migration During The Industrial Revolution

Subject: History, Social Studies

Lesson Length: 50 - 55 mins

Topic: Mass Migration Trends During the Industrial Revolution

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will develop an understanding of the reasons why people leave their home and begin a new life in a new place.

Know Before You Start: Students should understand the meaning of migration


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.

  • Explore other reasons (push/pull factors) why groups of people may leave their homes and settle in a new place. Explain that over time many groups have voluntarily left home or were forced to leave.


  • Select and research two groups of people that migrated in mass groups during the Industrial Revolution.
  • Create a comic illustrating the push/pull factors of these migration groups. Each panel should include:
    • A group that migrated in mass.

    • A caption describing the push or pull factor that caused the group to migrate.

    • Dialogue, facial expressions, and actions depicting the emotions these groups felt.


  • Share and discuss student comics, focusing on the push/pull factors that caused each group to migrate.
    • Was the migration forced or voluntary?
    • Did where these people settled impact the culture and social constructs within the new settlement?


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Provide sentence starters as needed.

  • Preteach vocabulary.

  • Allow students to work with a peer model.

  • Provide a graphic organizer.


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