Migration Stories: Tracing the Journey from Puerto Rico to Jersey City
This lesson plan leads students through an investigation of migration in the 1940s and 50s by focusing on the experiences of Puerto Rican migrants in Jersey City. Students will explore the reasons behind migration during this time and examine how media shaped ideas about Puerto Rican migration. Some New Jersey learning standards connected to the lesson plan are listed below. Other learning standards are detailed in the lesson plan.
- 6.1.12.GEOPP.13.a: Make evidence-based inferences to determine factors that led to migration from American cities to suburbs in the 1950s and 1960s and describe how this movement impacted cities.
- 6.1.12.CivicsPI.13.a: Craft an argument as to the effectiveness of the New Jersey constitution of 1947, New Jersey Supreme Court decisions (i.e., Hedgepeth and Williams vs. Board of Education), and New Jersey’s laws in eliminating segregation and discrimination.
- NJSLSA.R1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences and relevant connections from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. (Companion Standard)