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Standard 5.0 History

Topic B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires

Indicator 4. Analyze patterns of immigration to the United States before 1877

Objective a. Identify the push and pull factors responsible for immigration to the United States, such as the forced migration of Africans and Western European migration

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

After students review the lyrics to “Poor Pat Must Emigrate,” a song about Irish immigration, have students write lyrics to a similar song describing push and pull factors that motivated a different ethnic group to migrate to the United States. (“Poor Pat Must Emigrate” can be found at


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