Industrial Revolution- Inventions and Inventors (Readings and Questions)

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This Industrial Revolution ‘Inventors and Inventions’ reading and primary source activity provides students with the opportunity to learn about the most innovative and creative minds of the industrial age! Use this resource to supplement your lesson on the Industrial Revolution; students will instantly be captivated. This is available to print, and as a Google Doc for paperless, Google Classrooms (link for Google Doc is at the end of the resource). In addition, you can make your purchased PDF digital. By clicking the red "Create Digital Activity" box, you will have the option to add an interactive layer that will allow students to type on the PDF, annotate, highlight, and more (CLICK HERE for more info)!


- Introductory information about the Industrial Revolution

- Descriptive information of SIX different inventors and their inventions:

o Eli Whitney- The Cotton Gin

o James Hargreaves- The Spinning Jenny

o James Watt- The Steam Engine

o Thomas Edison- Direct Electric Current (DC)

o Nikola Tesla- Alternate Electric Current (AC)

o The Wright Brothers- the Airplane

- A “Fill in the Blanks” chart for students to write notes and understand the importance of each inventor

- Four follow-up analysis questions

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