Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
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With this activity, students will analyze the reasons why the Second Industrial Revolution developed in the United States. This lesson is meant to serve as one of the introductory lessons for the Gilded Age. Teachers should use the ideas presented on each slide to collect prior knowledge from students, annotate the slides, and then build on student understanding. Students will also learn about the major technological inventions of the Gilded Age.
With this activity, students analyze the experiences of five different immigration groups that settled in the United States - Mexicans, Italians, Russian Jews, the Chinese, and Scandinavians (the Swedish and Norwegians). They can do so as stations or as part of a gallery walk. Each of the stations has a variety of primary sources with a heavy focus on photographs to tell the story of each group. Students also document the settlement locations of each of the groups by analyzing a settlement map.
With this activity, students will literally visualize the changes that came to Five Points in New York City in the late 1800s. Styled like the classic Urban Game, students will add in details to a map of Five Points to see the changes that took place. They will learn about Omnibuses, organ grinders, the major immigrants to five points, dumbbell tenements, street vendors. and much more! Students will also learn about the Chinese Exclusion Act and Tammany Hall.
This viewing guide provides a great overview to the Gilded Age series from PBS's American Experience. I love these videos because they utilize primary sources to tell the story of U.S. History.
With this activity, I’ve found that information requires whole-class instruction. There are many complicated reasons why the Chinese Exclusion Act came to pass, however, the overarching reason was racism. I’m found that whole group instruction is best for these types of conversations in order to clear up misconceptions as they come up. Students will work through a Google Slides presentation with the teacher and answer some comprehension questions to check understanding. They will also analyze a political cartoon discussing the act.
With this activity, students analyze the actions of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall to determine if Tammany Hall was more focused on acting as a public servant towards new immigrants or on graft. Students will read a historical background discussing the major details, analyze specific actions taken by Tammany Hall (and Boss Tweed in particular), and then place those activities on a scale to visually weigh his actions. They will also analyze some of the cartoons relating to Tammany Hall.
With this activity, students will follow the path taken by immigrants to Ellis Island and the process for being admitted to the United States. There are six linked videos students will watch that have all been filmed by the National Park Service (the last one comes from Angel Island). There are two options for students. The first is a printed handout with a digital self-guided presentation. The second option is fully digital.
With this activity, students will learn about the major vocabulary surrounding the rise of industry. I find that understanding of that vocabulary is often assumed and is not explained well. Therefore, I created a scenario to explain each of the terms before diving into the history. Students will then assess several cartoons discussing the industrialists (Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller) to determine if they could be best described as robber barons or captains of industry.
With this activity, students will analyze 31 primary sources, including photographs from Lewis Hine and newspaper articles for newspapers of the time. They will collect details from those sources and determine how laboring impacted children around the turn of the century.
With this activity, students will listen to one of the more accessible podcasts from American History Tellers - The Gilded Age - Workers Revolt! and take guided notes. This podcast discusses the Haymarket bombing, the Homestead strike, and the Pullman strike.
Help your students build and retain key vocabulary terms with a visually appealing word wall. This resource includes 45 word wall terms related to the Industrial Era, vocabulary review strategies, and a review puzzle to support your students' learning.
This purchase includes two different versions of an assessment for the 9 lessons in my Industrialization unit and a review worksheet for the entire unit.
Within this unit, students will analyze the complex forces that led to industrialization during the Gilded Age. They’ll examine the influx of different immigrant groups, see how these groups struggled and persevered in the U.S.. discuss the development of capitalism and industry, and analyze reactions against that force – through unions and strikes. Students will analyze primary source relating to all kinds of topics – immigration, child labor, and big business are all discussed. They will play a variation on the “Urban Game” that has them visualize the demographic changes to 5 Points in NYC. (There are also options to play two other online games relating to immigration and labor). They will learn about this time period through many teaching methods, including direction instruction, station activities, cooperative learning activities, game play, and podcast listening. You can view more in the preview here.
(NOTE: The Progressive Movement is not discussed here, but it will be in an upcoming unit of study.)
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