1902 Coal Strike

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The 1902 Coal Strike allows high school U.S. History teachers a pathway where students can explore in a collaborative way the origins of unionization, presidential interventions in economies of national industrial and familial importance, and wealthy industrialists clashed during the Gilded Age. The unit plan also speaks to how Progressives like U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt tried to balance national interests with coal miners' right to unionize. Students receive the opportunity to search for information from peer-reviewed research journals, look at poster illustrations from this time, and use Web 2.0 tools to check their understanding of both the vocabulary and content from the 1902 Coal Strike. Finally, this unit requires students to connect this coal strike with modern 21st-century unionization and strikes to see if there are connections between the two eras in U.S. History

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10 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.


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