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The Census Questionnaire: Then and Now

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Activity Description

Students will compare the census questionnaires used in 1900 and 2010 and answer questions about how and why the questions have changed from one century to the next.

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Suggested Grade Level


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Approximate Time Required

45 minutes

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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
  • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
  • Understand the role of the decennial census and its impact on the nation.

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Materials Required

  • Printed student worksheets
  • A TV, projector, or interactive whiteboard to play the video Shape Your Future
  • Computers or tablets with internet access for each student
    • This activity can also be done in small groups, with one computer or tablet per group, or, if student technology is not available, it can be done as a teacher-led activity.
    • If computers are not available, consider printing out the census forms from 1900 and 2010 ahead of time.

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