This three-week unit, based on the *Virginia Standards of Learning," covers the Industrialization and Immigration of America (1870's to 1890's) following the Civil War. This unit is geared towards middle school students but may be adapted for high school. A unit outline is provided within the first pages of the PowerPoint (191 slides). Topics included:
1. Unit Overview (graphic organizer utilizing "America: The Story of Us")
2. Growth of Cities
3. Rise of Industries Part I & II
4. Captains of Industries (Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, & Carnegie)
5. New Inventions (Edison and Bell)
6. Reasons for Increase in Immigration
7. Ellis Island
8. Letter from an Immigrant writing activity
9. Life on American Farms & City Challenges
10. Map Activity in which students label transcontinental railroad and industries.
11. A study guide (review questions)
12. Formal Assessments (two quizzes and a unit test with answer keys)
This unit focuses on guided reading with interactive lectures through the use of photographs, illustrations, research and short film clips from www.unitedstreaming.com.
This unit makes good use of The History Channel’s “America: the Story of Us”. Students absolutely love it! I don’t usually show long films, but students actually are engaged. I’ve included a handout for students to fill in as they watch the film (graphic organizer)
I hope you and your students enjoy what I've put together. Please feel free to revise to fit your teaching style.
Michael T. Walton
*Virginia Standards of Learning meets/exceeds Common Core