Analyzing the Cotton Gin Patent

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Decode primary sources in a fast-paced activity. A quick guessing game helps pupils use visual clues to understand primary sources. Academics look at a picture of the cotton gin and must guess what it is without other knowledge or clues. Scholars then listen to a short description of the machine before they label the parts in the image. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Guide a group discussion on the impact of the cotton gin on African American laborers 
  • Have learners create a poster advertising the benefits of the cotton gin
Classroom Considerations
  • Resource is part one of a two-part activity on the cotton gin 
  • Activity is short and can easily be incorporated into a lesson 
  • The resource is a good skills practice for analyzing historical events 
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