Urban Politics: Machines and Reformers

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Take a trip to the turn of the twentieth century with a resource about industrialism in America. With primary source documents and focus questions, learners think about the ways that government groups and organizations paved the way for the government they know now, including infrastructure and corruption alike.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the discussion questions as thesis statements for research or informative essays
  • Have class members work on the activities and analysis in social studies, and finish the writing assignments in language arts for an interdisciplinary project
Classroom Considerations

  • Some primary source documents are in color; make sure that printing in black and white doesn't affect understanding
Pros

  • Provides a glossary and a list of people and places to know
  • Encourages individuals to look at primary source documents to draw their conclusions
  • Comes with writing prompts and discussion questions throughout the lesson
Cons

  • None
Common Core