THE UNITED STATES INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION - MEET THE MILL GIRLS introduces your students to a major work force in the 19th century. The mini unit begins with a reading that describes the lives of the Mill Girls of Lowell, Massachusetts during the 19th century. The reading is followed by a blank graphic organizer based on the reading for the the students to complete. The third activity gives the students a choice among three projects based on the information the students gathered from the reading. The students should use their completed graphic organizer to do ONE of the projects. They may choose the project they want to do from the three available to them. Please feel free to supplement with more facts you want to include about the Mill Girls. I loved this topic when I taught American History & felt it was something about which the students knew little.
The reading 19TH Century Mill Girls is two & one half pages long and should take the student less than one period to read.
The Graphic Organizer is based on the reading. All the facts the students need to complete it can be found in the reading. Keep in mind that these are basic facts and that you may wish to add to the facts to give the students a more in depth picture of The Mill Girls.
The Individual Project is based on the reading and the graphic organizer. The students must employ their completed organizer to gain the facts they need for the project they choose. I would check the students’ organizers before they proceed to the project. If you feel the students do not have enough facts to complete the project, make them return to the reading to add more details to their organizers before proceeding to the projects. They must select only one project.
** See our other Industrial Revolution and 19th Century units by CK Teaching Aids:
19th CENTURY US REFORM --WHAT'S THAT?
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION OF THE US -- 19th CENTURY
19th CENTURY REFORMERS-- BIOGRAPHY RESEARCH UNIT --WRITE ON!