Students learn hands-on about the impact the Industrial Revolution had on society in this engaging lesson. Students participate in simulations, analyze primary source excerpts, images, and charts, and engage in a debate activity. A thorough 8 page teacher lesson plan is included, along with an organized and visually appealing 15 slide PowerPoint.
The lesson starts with a "Do Now" question that helps students link the idea of a technological revolution to their own lives. Then students learn about the "cottage industry" and what pre-industrial manufacturing was like and participate in a short simulation.
Students then learn about technological developments allowing the Industrial Revolution to take place, such as the progression from waterwheel power to textile mills and Arkwright's water frame, to the development of the steam engine and its impact on factories, and the innovation of the assembly line. Student comprehension is cemented by a very fun simulation that will have your kids talking about it for the rest of the year!
After creating a chart to compare pre- and post-Industrial manufacturing, students break into small groups to examine a variety of excerpted primary sources presenting different viewpoints on the effects of the Industrial Revolution. They compile their analysis in a graphic organizer, then use their research to engage in compelling short debate activity that makes it easy for every student to participate. This debate gets loud and energetic!
The lesson finishes by allowing students to discuss the positive and negative effects of industrial labor in their lives today as they examine a political cartoon and image on a child laborer in a Nike sweatshop. Students complete a short exit ticket on their way out.
This lesson makes a great companion to The Urban Game: An Industrial Revolution Simulation.
This lesson covers all the key points students must know about this subject for state assessments, and is completely Common Core aligned.
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