AMERICA: THE STORY OF US - EPISODE 7: CITIES
THIS WORKSHEET SET INCLUDES TWO VERSIONS OF FILL-IN-THE-BLANK VIDEO NOTES FOR EPISODE 7 OF THE EPIC SERIES AMERICA: THE STORY OF US. THE FIRST VERSION IS LONGER, WITH 50 QUESTIONS, COVERS MAIN IDEAS AND SPECIFIC DETAILS, AND IS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR HIGH SCHOOL OR STUDENTS WHO ARE ABLE TO WATCH THE VIDEO INDEPENDENTLY AND PAUSE WHEN NEEDED. THE SHORTENED VERSION HAS 38 QUESTIONS AND IS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE WORKSHEETS ARE SEPARATED INTO SEGMENTS AND TIME STAMPED, SO TEACHERS CAN CHOOSE TO SHOW THE WHOLE VIDEO OR SIMPLY A SECTION RELATED TO THEIR CURICULUM. THE SET ALSO INLCUDES, IN ORDER, AN ANSWER KEY.
50 Question worksheet. 38 Question worksheet.
Do you want to show the History Channel's amazing video series, AMERICA: THE STORY OF US, EPISODE 7: CITIES, but are afraid your students will become bored or stray off-task? Fear no more! This worksheet will keep students engaged, on-task, and increase their comprehension of the series. While watching the video, students will complete a series of fill-in-the-blank, true or false, and short answer questions. All questions follow the video in order. An answer key is included.
EPISODE SUMMARY FROM THE HISTORY CHANNEL:
Between 1880 and 1930, nearly 24 million new immigrants arrive in the United States. Many go to work building a new frontier: the modern city. The high cost of land in cities like New York and Chicago means the only way to build is up. A new kind of building, the skyscraper, is made possible by steel. Produced on a massive scale, steel production underpins the infrastructure of the modern city.
This new urban frontier depends on the labor of rural migrants and newly arrived immigrant workers to grow. For many, the Statue of Liberty is their first sight of the New World and Ellis Island is the gateway to the American Dream. The lawless city offers opportunities for many and astronomical wealth for a few. Police chief Thomas Byrnes uses his harsh new innovation “the third degree,” to keep a lid on crime.
The millions flocking to urban areas of the U.S. often experience terrible conditions in disease-ridden tenements. Jacob Riis, photographer and reformer, brings their plight to the world with his groundbreaking photographs in the book, How the Other Half Lives. Workers in new high-rise factories become urban martyrs in New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in March of 1911, as the city struggles to make these new buildings safe. Powered by steel and electricity, the city begins to be tamed and defined by mass transportation, stunning skylines, electric light...and the industrious American spirit.
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