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Session 4: Life During the Industrial Revolution



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Session 4: Life During the Industrial Revolution

Materials
  • Video on the Industrial Revolution


  • Teacher-prepared video-viewing guide (see p. 10)
Instructional Activities

1. Distribute copies of the video-viewing guide, and go over it with the students. Then, show the selected video. Have students use the video-viewing guide while watching and immediately following the showing in order to summarize important points, make connections, and draw conclusions.

2. Have students discuss the images and the concepts they emphasize. Ask students how seeing images reinforced or changed their own mental pictures of life during the Industrial Revolution.

3. Assign a teacher-selected reading or other reinforcement activity.

Session 5: Innovations and Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

Materials

  • Access to the Internet and/or the media center
Instructional Activities

1. Have students research innovations and inventions of the Industrial Revolution in the media center and/or on the Internet. Instruct students to produce a two-page essay on a teacher-assigned topic and to cite Web and/or other resources used in their essay.

2. Assign a teacher-selected reading or other reinforcement activity.


Session 6: The Rise of Communism

Materials
Instructional Activities

1. Ask students to define capitalism, socialism, and communism in their own words. After a few minutes encourage students to share their definitions with the class.

2. Introduce Adam Smith’s and Karl Marx’s economics concepts. Encourage students to suggest the positive and negative aspects of these concepts. Explain the impact Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto had on Europe.

3. Distribute copies of the video-viewing guide, and go over it with the students. Then, show the selected video. Have students use the video-viewing guide while watching and immediately following the showing in order to summarize important points, make connections, and draw conclusions.

4. Have students discuss any new insights they may have gotten from the video. Ask them why they think communism developed. Ask them why they think communism exists in some countries today. Ask them why a country might turn away from communism.

5. Assign a teacher-selected reading or other reinforcement activity.

Session 7: The Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Workers

Materials
Instructional Activities

1. Ask students to share information about the work environment of their parents (or from their own work experience). Encourage students to suggest ways current workers are protected by laws. If students do not have ideas about this, suggest safety laws, minimum wage, family leave act, and workers’ compensation. Explain that these protections have not always been in place. Provide a description of the nature of work in factories during the nineteenth century.

2. Discuss the impact the Industrial Revolution had on slavery.

3. Discuss the impact the Industrial Revolution had on the organization of labor unions.

4. Assign a teacher-selected reading or other reinforcement activity.

Session 8: The Growth of Labor Unions

Materials

  • Video on the rise and growth of labor unions

  • Teacher-prepared video-viewing guide (see p. 10)
Instructional Activities

1 Discuss how the Industrial Revolution changed society by introducing reforms to end child labor, expanding education, and increasing demands for women’s suffrage.

2. Distribute copies of the video-viewing guide, and go over it with the students. Then, show the selected video. Have students use the video-viewing guide while watching and immediately following the showing in order to summarize important points, make connections, and draw conclusions.

3. Discuss the video, including the following information about labor unions:


  • Their organization of strikes

  • Their lobbying efforts to promote laws protecting workers

  • Their campaigns for workers’ rights

  • Their use of collective bargaining

4. Assign a teacher-selected reading or other reinforcement activity.

Session 9: Researching the Impact of Labor Unions

Materials

  • Internet access

  • Web site such as “The Rise of Labor.” http://www.pbs.org/wnet/historyofus/web09/segment6.html
Instructional Activities

1. Have students research labor unions on the Internet. Direct students to produce a one-page paper based on their findings, which explains the impact of labor unions.

2. As time allows, have students share their findings about the impact of labor unions.

Session 10: Imperialism

Materials
Instructional Activities

1. Ask students what they remember about the reasons England and other European countries established overseas colonies like the English colonies in North America.

2. Lead a class discussion on imperialism, specifically nineteenth-century European imperialism. Discuss how imperialistic movements in the nineteenth century were influenced by the Industrial Revolution. Discuss the various forms of imperialism, including colonies, protectorates, and spheres of influence. Discuss European imperialism in Africa and Asia.

3. Assign a teacher-selected reading or other reinforcement activity.

Session 11: Responses of Colonized Peoples during the Nineteenth Century

Materials
Instructional Activities

1. Ask students to remember how the American colonies responded to British colonial rule in the 1700s. Encourage them to list the reasons for the colonists’ response. Also, ask students to remember how Great Britain responded to the colonists’ demand for independence.

2. Discuss with the class the responses of colonized, subjected peoples around the world during the nineteenth century.

3. Assign a teacher-selected reading or other reinforcement activity.




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