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 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.


  • 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.

Activity: Select and research two groups of people that migrated in mass groups during the Industrial Revolution.

Create a two-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 emotions 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 a graphic organizer for students to use while researching.


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