Theme II – Resources
Coming to Indiana
This lesson examines one of Indiana's greatest resources, its people, and helps students to understand that
Indiana has been a destination for new residents throughout its history. One of the factors causing people
to move to Indiana has been the availability of a variety of opportunities.
As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:
1.Identify the reasons that people have come to Indiana from other states and other countries at different times in our history;
2.Explore the obstacles and problems that people may face in deciding to move to Indiana;
3.Consider the importance of human migration in history as a way of spreading ideas, skills, and technologies.
4.Connect the migration experiences of people in Indiana's past and present to their own lives.
The movement of people from one place to another.
Movement into a country for the purpose of settling there.
Movement out of a country for the purpose of resettling elsewhere.
A person who moves periodically from one region to another or from one country to another.
A person who moves into another country with the intention of settling there.
A person who leaves his or her country for the purpose of resettling elsewhere.
A person who is forced to leave his or her country because of some sort of disaster or political situation.
An individual who becomes a citizen of the United States after birth. Children adopted by U.S. citizens obtain naturalization by virtue of their status. Most aliens obtain naturalization through proceedings established by Congress.
Circumstances (such as war, famine, overpopulation, unemployment) that cause people to leave their country.
Circumstances (available land, possibility of jobs, political or religious freedom) that draw people to immigrate to a new country.