In the mid 1800s, Chinese immigrants fled to America because of the Taiping Rebellion. During this rebellion, the Chinese people led a revolt against the government. At the same time, the United States was looking for a way to connect a railroad from the Pacific coast of the country to the Atlantic coast. This would mean that travel from coast to coast would go from a few months to just a few days. Chinese laborers were recruited to work on the railroad going from the West Coast to Central America. The Chinese laborers worked under harsh conditions and brutal treatment. They were called “coolies”, a negative word that meant lowly workers. Despite this treatment the Chinese accomplished the task, and today many of their descendants honor them for the brave work that they endured and the honorable lives that they led.
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A. Common Core Aligned
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D. Modeling, guided practice, and independent practice.
- Youtube Video (Building the Transcontinental Railroad) 4 minutes
- 4 activities to extend the lesson
- 2 Vocabulary Practice sheet (five words per sheet)
- 2 Graphic Organizers (Cause and Effect)
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