In 1894, Representative George H. Murray, a freedman, rose to speak in the House of Representatives. In his hand was a list of 92 patents issued to African Americans since Reconstruction. These African American inventors were part of a wave of invention that swept the United States in the late 1880’s. By the 1890’s, Americans were patenting 21,000 new inventions a year.
This mini lesson utilizes key early inventors of the late 1800's. Students are prompted to utilize internet research or books to acquire information for popular early inventors. Working in groups of two, students are assigned four key leaders during the Age of Invention. Five slides are produced for each inventor showcasing the important mementos of each accomplishments. These slides are easily completed through the Question Form Worksheet allowing easy direction while searching the internet.
Slide presentation is fully packed with important information that will lead to delightful class presentations. Great fun for students! Students must be familiar with Movie Maker software to complete this.