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NCSS: Investigating Urbanization and Immigration

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will choose a city listed on their student data sheets to research using the sources listed on their data sheets. They will gather information about urbanization and immigration in the late 1800s and early 1900s for their designated city.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the CellSheet(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Be sure each student has a TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator that is loaded with the CellSheet(tm) Application. Place students in groups of eight, and then pass out the Student Data Sheet.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the CellSheet(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Trace the history of immigration policy in the United States, from 1882 to the present, citing specific legislation.
  • Chart the growth of major cities in the United States, from 1800 to 1930.
  • Identify major trends as populations increased or decreased.
  • Identify the major trends in immigration patterns, including origins and numbers of immigrants and reasons for coming to the United States.
  • Determine the most significant geographic area for growth.
  • List the main reasons given in support of further restrictions against immigration, summarizing each argument.
  • List the main reasons given against further restrictions against immigrants, summarizing each argument.
  • After the Activity

    Lead a class discussion that covers the debriefing questions the students answered on their Student Data Sheet.