Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
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This stations activity addresses 8 of the major issues surrounding the Progressive Era. I’ve divided the topics into the following categories:
As this unit has been created for students at the middle school level, some of the more unwieldy details related to this era have been removed and/or condensed for clarity. The goal with this unit was to introduce the topic of the Progressive Movement to students at a comprehensible level so that they could also effectively and critically think about the time period.
Students will complete stations that discuss the issues the Progressives were attempting to address and the possible solutions, laws, and amendments that came out of this time. (There are two separate station activities). As an assessment, students will complete a Progressive Era report card that determines the relative success relating to three of the major topics. You can view more in the downloadable preview here.
NOTE: Teachers might choose to omit some of the stations and can easily do so. I know that I don’t cover the Women’s Rights movement or Prohibition with the Progressive Era because those issues are discussed with more depth later in the year. As students will focus on three of the movements for assessment, it will still work effectively if one or two are omitted.
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This resource specifically addresses the following NYS standards:
8.2e Progressive reformers sought to address political and social issues at the local, state, and federal levels of government between 1890 and 1920. These efforts brought renewed attention to women’s rights and the suffrage movement and spurred the creation of government reform policies.
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