Subject: History, Social Studies

Lesson Length: 50 - 55 min

Topic: Mass Migration Trends during the Industrial Revolution

Grade Level: 7

Objective: Analysis, Informing


Revolutions, Industrializations and Empires.

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 have a good understanding of what migration means.

  • It helps to provide a list of websites, text, and/or resources for students to use during research.

Push / Pull Factors - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Push / Pull Factors - Exemplar comic, panel 2


  • 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 to live. 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 2 panel 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 motions these groups felt

Closure: 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?


  • Provide sentence starters for discussion, research, and comic building

  • Pre-teach vocabulary

  • Allow students to work with a peer model

  • Limit options for researching tools

  • Provide graphic organizer while researching


  • Example comics to print or display: Comic