1. On an overhead, write down the Ponder question from the previous day;
Do you think pollution problems from the Industrial Age are still with us today?
2. Have the students review student answers from their mini-investigative task in the previous lesson. Remind them of the information they were supposed to glean from the task:
- To identify how their example addresses a worker situation, a business situation, and/or a landscape situation. In other words is their example talking about working conditions, business conditions, and/or location (city, rural, community).
3.Make a list of their answers to the Ponder questions. Possible answers. Disease or illnesses in polluted water, soil, or air. This affects humans, animals, and plants. (Remind students: People consume animals and plants.) Have students put final list in their notes.
4. Give each student a copy of Handout 1. Read the title out-loud and ask them to reflect on what the title seems to signify.
5. Title signifies: That due to the Industrial Revolution there needs to be some restoration in areas of heavy activity from that period.
6. Have students read the article quietly and answer the following questions in their notes.
- What is it that the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the CWA trigger?
- What did closure of landfills and enforcement of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission accomplish at Hackensack Meadowlands?
- What is the goal of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program?
- Who pays for restoration?
- How is the word healthy defined in this article? (Who or what needs to be healthy?)
- Look at the image with the caption that reads: “The bad news: these signs are still common in the Meadowlands.” What is the message?
7. This is just one example of how the Industrial Age is still with us today. In the following weeks, we will explore the implications of Industry on human health and community health. Investigated will be the reasons the time was so dangerous to human health. By exploring the work place, the philosophy of business, and the city landscape, a greater understanding of the Industrial Revolution in America will be reached.
8. At the start of these pollution lessons the question of “Can industry have adverse effects on the environment and health?” was posed. The answer of course is yes, as has been established. But this raises new questions:
- Who is more likely to be affected? How? Why?
- Were particular locations affected more than others?
- How was pollution and contamination regulated to minimize contamination?
9. Now, apply these questions to the American Industrial Revolution and the course of our investigations into this part of America’s past can begin.