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Movers and Trackers

Brenda Heath


Students work cooperatively to research and map changes in minority population in Florida from 1960 to 1990. Students research and prepare oral presentations describing the information obtained.


The student applies oral communication skills to interviews, group presentations, formal presentations, and impromptu situations.

The student understands the social and cultural impact of immigrant groups and individuals on American society after 1880.


-Current maps of Florida and multiple copies of blank maps of Florida
-Electronic encyclopedias (Encarta, Grolier, Comptons, for example), Atlas of Florida CD (should be available in all schools), any related printed media available
-Computers, printer, paper
-Colored pens,pencils
-Internet access (would be helpful)


1. The teacher should secure current maps of Florida for students to view and blank maps of Florida for students to use to prepare their findings.

2. Students may need instruction in the use of computers, electronic encyclopedias, or other software.

3. Obtain colored pens and/or pencils.

4. It may be necessary to secure printed media from the school's media center (or other sources) for this assignment.

Note: This may be used with any state.


1. The teacher will instruct students in the use of electronic research tools.

2. Students will work in pairs to research changes in minority population in Florida. Students should choose one of the minorities that make up part of this population and research their contributions to Florida's culture.

3. Using the blank Florida maps, students should prepare a series of maps showing changes in minority population from 1960-70, 1970-80, 1980-90, and projected changes from 1990-2000. These should be accurately and neatly prepared.

4. The pairs will develop an oral presentation of contributions to Florida's culture.


1. Students develop maps to show the minority population growth within Florida from 1960 to the present.

Exemplary-all information is complete, accurate, clearly presented, easy to read and eye-pleasing.
Commendable-information is accurate, complete, readable, and neatly presented.
Needs Work-information is incomplete or inaccurate, difficult to understand, not easily read.

2. Students prepare an oral presentation on contributions of a minority group to Florida's culture and the impact of their migration on the social and cultural aspects of each decade shown on the maps.

Exemplary-information is complete, accurate, and clearly and creatively presented.
Commendable-information is accurate, complete, and informative.
Needs Work-contains inaccurate information; is incomplete and/or difficult to follow.


Either part of the activity may be deleted if time or student ability is a concern.

As previously stated, this may be used with a specific ethnic group or state.

This could be used in an Immigration unit in an American History or World History class. This may also be used in a Sociology class.

Web Links

Web supplement for Movers and Trackers
Census Results

Web supplement for Movers and Trackers
Population of Counties by Race

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