The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Class members use primary source documents to research the tragedy and how it lead to the creation of labor unions and new labor laws. As an exit ticket, individuals reflect on what they learned from the readings about how women were the agents of change.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use during Women's History Month or a study of the Progressive Era
  • Have groups research the working conditions in the factories that produce their favorite brands of clothing
Classroom Considerations
  • The majority of the documents are assigned as homework reading; struggling readers will need extra support
  • Includes a carefully scaffolded, detailed plan and links to all required materials
  • None
Common Core