This nonfiction book is a graphic account of the Triangle fire -- the worst workplace disaster in American history until the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But it is also a story of immigration and hard work to make it in a new country, the story of poor working conditions and greedy bosses. It is the story of unimaginable, but avoidable, disaster. And it the story of the unquenchable pride and activism of fearless immigrants and women who stood up to business, got America on their side, and finally changed working conditions for our entire nation, initiating radical new laws we take for granted today. The book has a Lexile measure of 1000 - for grades 5-7. It is a great tie-in to a social studies unit on the progressive labor movement.
This packet includes an anticipation guide to get students thinking before reading and an assessment. The test contains 10 vocabulary words to match with their meanings and 10 multiple choice reading comprehension questions. It also asks students for a brief summary of the book.
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