In this unit students combine what they have previously learned about geography, economics, and the early history of Michigan to explore the growth of Michigan after statehood. The emphasis is on large-scale developments like the growth of manufacturing and population growth as opposed to specific historical eras and events. Students explore how natural resources such as fertile soil, trees, and minerals influenced certain businesses to take root in Michigan. By examining farming and the growth of manufacturing in Michigan, students further their understanding of ways in which people put natural resources to work. They also explore how industries led to the growth of towns and cities. Particular focus is placed on the significant role of the automobile industry in Michigan as a case study of entrepreneurship and role of geography in the growth of Michigan’s cities and towns. Students then explore push and pull factors of migration that led to population growth in Michigan and how different cultural groups have created unique regions within the state. Finally, students examine recent population trends in the state and explain the trends by applying geographic, economic, and historical concepts.
Stage One - Desired Results
How did people in Michigan work together to meet new challenges as Michigan grew?
agriculture and manufacturing
Cause and EffectComparing/ContrastingGeneralizing
Stage Two - Assessment Evidence
Stage Three - Learning Plan