American Industrial Revolution

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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 faced. Then, they create a newspaper that advocates for change to the early 19th- and 20th-century practice.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners create the front page of a newspaper advocating for reform to child labor practices 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson assumes class members have access to a textbook that covers the Industrial Revolution
  • Teacher must supply materials, such as newspapers and large newsprint for the lesson
  • Photographs of child workers are gripping and engaging
  • Activities allow for student choice and critical thinking
  • None
Common Core