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Labor Unions in an Industrializing U.S.

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Have class members eager to enter the workforce? They'll be glad to learn that things aren't how they used to be. Have your young historians examine then discuss four primary source images related to the negative effects of...
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Child Labor In Cotton Mills Of The Early 20th Century

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students get a look into mill life and child labor in the South in the early 20th century, as part of the story of American industrialization. They read a document calling for an end to child labor in Southern cotton mills and respond to...
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American Industrial Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
While the Industrial Revolution may have fueled America's rise to the top of world markets, the child laborers often faced dangerous conditions. Using primary source images and other information, scholars consider what these children...
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Working Conditions in the Industrial Age

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine working conditions during the Industrial boom. In this Industrialization lesson, students analyze primary sources in order to chart the responsibilities of workers in industrial jobs.
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The Textile Industry and the Triangle Factory Fire

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars explore on-the-job safety during the Industrial Revolution. In this Industrial Revolution lesson, students research primary and secondary sources to analyze workplaces for women during the aforementioned historical era.
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Zoom-In: Problems with Urbanization, Child Labor

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders determine how individuals played a role in the establishment of child labor laws. In this industrialization lesson, 7th graders investigate multimedia sources to study how individuals addressed the child labor issues of...
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Cotton Mills from Differing Perspectives: Critically Analyzing Primary Documents

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The working conditions in the cotton mills at the turn of the 20th century are the focus of a series of activities that ask learners to examine primary source documents written from different perspectives. In the first activity, groups...
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The Impact of the IWW on the Nation or Who were the Wobblies?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students evaluate the role labor groups had on the U.S. Government in the early 1900's.  In this teaching American history lesson, students complete several activities, including response writing and listening to music, that reinforce...
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Tobacco: Labor Issues in Tobacco Processing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners identify the various job classifications in the tobacco industry. Using their text, they determine the average wage rate and typical gender working in the tobacco companies in the early 20th century. They discuss the impact of...
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Cotton And Child Labor

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders investigate the practice of child labor as found in the history of the United States. The teacher reads the class a story from the year of 1914. This creates context for the instructional activity and then students...
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Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan: Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. For this child labor lesson, students examine photograhs by Lewis Hines and discuss the implications of child labor in America.
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History of American Child Labor

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students study the historical and social issue of child labor. They examine the photographs of Lewis Hine to see evidence of child labor and decide how the photographs depict the historical impact of the practice. They write a letter to...
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Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students use the Archival Research Catalog to complete assignments and activities about Lewis Hines and the National Child Labor Committee.
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Prevent Child Abuse

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research documents and photographs by Lewis Hine on child labor. They examine documents and summarize them. Students complete several photograph analysis worksheets. Their research and documents begin after the Civil War.
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Mill-Worker Simulation

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Students participate in a simulation in which they transition between a farm economy to a factory economy They discover labor relations during the 19th and 20th century. They discuss the impact mass produced goods on the economy.
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Head, Heart, Hands, Health

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete a compare and contrast activity for American agriculture historical events. In this historical events in agriculture lesson, 4th graders review a timeline and complete research for agriculture in the 20th century,...
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Lambert Castle Museum, Great Falls, NJ

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Young scholars complete a variety of activities that go along with the study of the 1913 silk strike in Great Falls, NJ. They examine evidence of historic industries and how they have changed in their own community.
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Bill of Right in Action

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Groups reserach and write about topics given to them by their teacher dealing with the Bill of Rights.
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History and Government of the U.S.

For Students 7th - 8th
In this History and Government of the United States worksheet, students complete passages by filling in nineteen words or phrases without using a word bank.
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Basic Workplace Rights

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students study basic workplace rights and the limits of those rights. They determine how many of the rights guaranteed in the Constitution only regulate governmental actions, not private actions. They examine the concept of at-will...

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