The Rise of Railroads: Illinois

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Railways not only cross the US, but they are also intertwined with the history of America. Using a timeline format, individuals explore the connections between major events in American history—such as the Civil War—and the rise of the railroads. Activities help the class sharpen their research and collaborative skills as they consider the topics.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask students to research time periods and their connections to the railroad
  • Compile students' findings in a whole-class timeline
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need access to research materials, such as laptops
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Template for research is scaffolded and easy to use
  • Lesson plan and activities help pupils synthesize information about historical dynamics
Cons

  • Most research links do not work
  • Lesson plan features a large ad from Amtrak