This lesson was created as a "hook" to begin an exploratory examination of primary sources with gifted students. The lesson focuses on identifying the hazardous factory conditions in the early 1900's. Ultimately, students will examine primary source evidence to device an escape route from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Through this exploratory activity, students will realize the hazardous conditions that were common in many American factories in this time period.When I expose the real truth about what really happened in the factory fire, students then determine if there plan would have been successful or not.
The next lesson in class provides an opportunity for students to examine building codes in New York city compared to the conditions of the factories. I conclude by conducting a "tug of war" using primary source evidence in regards to who was at fault. This lesson is provides for so much discussion and insight!