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        Oregon | Activity 8.9: Oregon Demographics

        Students review terminology related to citizenship, and watch a video about an undocumented immigrant who wants citizenship. They learn about the changing demographics and immigration issues in Oregon, and then answer questions related to demographic data.

        Lesson Summary

        Students review terminology related to citizenship, and watch a video about an undocumented immigrant who wants citizenship. They learn about the changing demographics and immigration issues in Oregon, and then answer questions related to demographic data.

        This lesson is part of "Great States: Oregon | Unit 8: Modern Oregon & State Symbols." In this unit, students will consider Oregon’s natural and cultural heritage, as well as the state’s current day strengths and challenges. Students also learn about the state’s symbols and their meanings.

        Time Allotment

        15 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        4.10: Compare and contrast varying patterns of settlements in Oregon, past and present, and consider future trends.

        4.15: Describe and evaluate how historical Oregon governments affected groups within the state (citizens, foreigners, women, class systems, minority groups, tribes).

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        1. Distribute the Oregon Demographics handout to students.

        1. Discuss the following terminology with your class:

          1. Alien: any person who is not a citizen of the United States

          2. Citizen: a legal resident of the United States

          3. Refugee: a person who flees their country for the safety of another to escape war, natural disaster, or persecution based on that person’s race, religion, nationality, etc.

          4. Immigrant: someone who migrates to another country normally for permanent residence

        1. Inform students that today, one in 10 Oregonians were born in a different country.

        1. Play the video, Undocumented Immigrants, Education, and the American Dream | Dream On .[1:50]

        1. Have students complete the worksheet. They will review the demographics of Oregon and answer questions.

        1. Reconvene the class to discuss their answers to the demographics worksheet.

        1. Next, discuss how the students felt about the video of Keny Murillo, and then invite them to share their thoughts on immigration and diversity more generally.

          1. How old was Keny when he came to the United States?

          2. How many times did he try to come to the United States? What happened during those attempts?

          3. What are Keny’s hopes and dreams?

          4. How is Keny working hard to achieve them?

          5. What is the value of diversity—having people of different races, ethnicities, and national origin—populating Oregon?

        Answer Key

        Demographics Worksheet:

        1. In all races, population percentage has increased in Oregon, except for the White population.

        2. The White (European) race continues to be high. However, the American Indian (Native Peoples) portion of the population is one of the lowest of all races.

        Class Discussion about Keny:

        1. Nine years old

        2. Four; he was caught in Mexico and imprisoned in detention centers (behind bars like prison); sent back to Honduras

        3. To become a medical doctor, specifically a surgeon

        4. Was top ten in his high school class; works three jobs; attends community college

        5. Answers will vary

        For current demographics in Oregon, see: Suburban Stats (Current Population Demographics and Statistics for Oregon by age, gender and race.)

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