With this lesson, students will learn all about new inventions, technologies, and the transformation of rural life that occurred during the Market Revolution.
Centering this conversation around the Market Revolution makes this experience much more meaningful for students as they can then see how dramatically changed this experience was for the people of New England and the Midwest. They will also immerse themselves in history by performing a mini-skit about one of the first strikes in U.S. History – a strike of the Lowell girls.
- Readings about new methods of transportation and innovations in farming and a graphic organizer
- Readings discussing the impact of the Market Revolution on family farmers
- A reading discussing the development of the factory system and the experience of the Lowell Girls
- A mini-skit discussing one of the first strikes in U.S. History (by the Lowell Girls)
Topics included: The Market Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the National Road, the Erie Canal, the steamboat / Robert Fulton, the telegraph / Samuel Morse, railroads, the mechanical reaper / Cyrus McCormick, the cotton gin / Eli Whitney, the steel plow / John Deere, the Factory System, the spinning jenny, the power loom, interchangeable parts/ Eli Whitney Francis Cabot Lowell, the Lowell girls
Products included in this resource:
- A handout for students – Google Slides version (editable), PowerPoint (editable), and a PDF version
- A slideshow presentation for teachers to utilize with students (Google Slides and PowerPoint – both editable)
- A Digital Version for distance learning
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