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Industrialization of the American Landscape - Social Studies Lessons

Threaded Big Idea
Industry defines America! The city physical landscape, the type of business, and the worker all factor into industry and & invention.
Essential Question
How did new inventions define business, the city landscape and the American worker’s role?
Learning Cycle
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Engage

The Parts make up the Whole.
A lesson introducing standardization and mass production.

Describe standardization and mass production by creating Verbal Visual Vocabulary tables.

1 class period
Week 1

Explore

The ABC’s of Industry.
Introduction to what industry is.

Summarize what the three sectors of industry are by creating and interpreting a web organizer.
1 class period
Week 1
Explain

A Society of Employees!
The relationship between employer and employee with a focus on the Industrial Revolution.

Differentiate the employer/employee relationship before and after the Industrial Revolution through note-taking research.

1 class period
Week 1

Apply

The above lesson is being divided so half goes here.

 
1 class period
Week 1
Project
     

 

Big Idea
Pollutants, Contaminants and Industry play a significant role in how healthy life can be for humans in varied contexts but especially in cities.
Essential Question
Can industry have adverse effects on health?
Learning Cycle
Lesson Title & Description
Objective
Students will:
Class period & week
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Flush It! Throw it!
Out of sight, out of mind! Where does all the waste go?

Describe implications of our disposal procedures by reviewing both water and solid waste disposal cycles and what can happen when one step is omitted.

1 class period
Week 1

Explore/Explain

Pollutants and Contaminants
The connection between industry and pollution to human health.

1. Define pollution and contaminants by constructing a Definition and Concept Trail that illustrates how they are connected to health.

2. Give examples of health issues during the Industrial Revolution by conducting textbook research.

2 class periods
Week 2

Apply

Leftovers, do you want them?
This apply lesson asks students to reach into the past to understand a current contaminant problem with water in the New Jersey area.

Associate industry to health by evaluating a reading of a primary document that addresses contamination of a water source in New Jersey.

1 class period
Week 2

 

Big Idea
Early Industry in America: The American Worker and the Workplace. The American worker has changed as a result of how industry defines what the worker ‘looks like.’
Essential Question
 
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Lesson Title & Description
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Students will:
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Dangerous for your health
The Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City.

Write an essay addressing the reasons the Shirtwaist Factory Fire has implications about working conditions through their research of primary sources.

2 class periods
Weeks 2

Explore

Working 9 to 5?: The American worker and the job.
In this Explore lesson students learn what industries produced during the Industrial Revolution,unfriendly labor policies and the affects on the worker. Students will individually research industries.

1. Identify the different industries of the Industrial Revolution in America through text and web research and image analysis

2. Evaluate a poster created by their classmates using a Poster Analysis Form.
7 class periods
Week 3 & 4
Explain

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!
Muckrakers and their influence in worker reform.

Synthesize information on increasing regulatory reforms during the Progressive Era through individual research and presentation of material.
4 class periods
Week 4 & 5
Apply
Today: American Industry and the Multinationals
(Wages, Hours, and Health of the new American worker abroad.)
Construct an Actions list and write a Conclusions report addressing labor issues and concerns to be found at factories in China through analysis of a published investigative report of the multinationals sub-contracting policies.

2 class periods
Week 5

Project
   

 

Big Idea
Early Industry in America: The American Public and the communities of the City. There is a connection between disease illness and location. Here the primary focus is on city communities and sanitation and sewage practices affected by business leading to business accountability through the creation of environmental regulations that take the form of vaccination policies, drug development, sanitation policies, disposal policies, and state and federal laws.
Essential Question How has industry affected our surrounding air and water and therefore our health?
Learning Cycle
Lesson Title & Description
Objective
Students will:
Class period & week
Engage

Health and the Community.
Contamination and Pollution at the community level is introduced.

Illustrate cause and effect of pollution to human health through the analysis of an image from the American Industrial Era.

1-2 class periods
Week 5

Explore/Explain

Diseases are Real.
Industry pollution, city sanitation, disposal procedures and diseases are explored.

Create a power point presentation addressing pollution and disease problems during the American Industrial Period by conducting research using internet and library sources.
7 class periods
Week 6 & 7
Apply

Today: Our Communities, Our Health
Was pollution restricted to city communities?
How about today – what communities are affected by pollution?

1. Generate a list of city names they feel are polluted after reading, discussing, and recording data from an NIH article.

2. In groups of three, create a city proposal to address pollution in their city after generating a list of local pollution problems.

3. Write a reflective piece on the dilemma of city planning costs verse future health benefits using their city proposal.

2 class periods
Week 7

Project
Wildcat Dumping
This is the Apply lesson for the Final Project. This is meant to complement the Explain lesson taking place in Language Arts.
Design and print an educative pamphlet addressing Wildcat Dumping in their community by conducting research.  

 

 

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