Was the automobile good for American society in the early 20th century? Students will formulate an evidence-based conclusion about whether increase benefited society or caused unnecessary headaches for Americans. To arrive at this evidence-based conclusion, students have to evaluate claims in sources and locate pieces of textual evidence that support these historical claims.
Throughout the lesson students will be prompted to:
1) Respond to a "Bell Ringer" asking students to consider how obtaining a driver's license or having a driver's license could/has changed their life.
2) Listen to an audio recording about teens and their propensity to be in serious car accidents. Discussion questions are meant to compel students to think about the negative consequences of modern driving.
3) Analyze a car advertisement that demonstrates the controversial freedoms offered by cars.
4) Research sources for historical claims and textual evidence pertaining to the positive and negative consequences of the automobile.
5) Finish with an exit ticket that asks students to come to an evidence-based conclusion using textual evidence about whether or not the automobile was beneficial to American society.
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