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 sources 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 direct instruction, station activities, cooperative learning activities, gameplay, and podcast listening. You can view more in the preview here.
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