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History of the Census in American Samoa (Grades 9-12)

History of the Census in American Samoa (Grades 9-12)

Activity Description


Students will learn about the history of the census in American Samoa. They will research what year American Samoa began participating in the census, what led to this event, and how the island’s population has grown since then. In addition, they will explore how the census benefits students, their families, and their communities, highlighting why participation is important.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

40 minutes

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate data presented in a table.
  • Make an argument using evidence and analysis of written text.
  • Draw a graph to represent a dataset.
  • Draw conclusions based on the data collected.
  • Understand the significance of the decennial census for the people of American Samoa and the importance of getting an accurate count.

Materials Required

  • Printed student worksheets


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