Unit Plan

Industrializing America

Imagine an eight year old spindle boy working barefoot in a factory in the late 1800s. Scholars research the industrial period in American history in the 14th lesson of a 22-part series that explores the country's background. Groups investigate political cartoons, video clips, and primary sources to present their ideas on the mass influx of immigrants into the United States toward the end of the nineteenth century. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Brainstorm ideas on what it would take to move to another country in today's world and compare the findings with immigrants in the late 1800s
  • Create large copies of the photographs of immigrants and place them around the room for viewing and reference during the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Uses overhead projector and transparencies, which are outdated; adjust to today's technology
  • Provides reflective questions to use while viewing the videos 
  • Includes printable documents and worksheets for classroom use
  • None