Moving to a new world

This lesson is a follow-up to a discussion of “push” and “pull” reasons for immigration. The primary and secondary sources cover a range of reasons for immigration that occurred during the 1600s.

Lesson Objective

The students will discuss reasons for immigration to the New World during the 1600’s, and classify those reasons as either ‘push’ or ‘pull’ reasons.



  1. Reviewing these resources should allow the students time to work as groups or elbow partners to determine both the reason for immigration, and whether it is a ‘push’ or ‘pull’ reason.
  2. The teacher should introduce each resource, allow the students time to discuss, and then take the students through a ‘picture read’.
  3. If the lesson is done with a Promethean board, allow the students to come to the board and circle or note evidence for their reasoning.


Oral or written assessment in which students determine whether reasons for immigration were ‘push’ or ‘pull’ reasons.


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