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Can your students get the scoop on the Industrial Revolution with this engaging newspaper activity?
Skip the lecture. Students take on the role of investigative reporters to learn about major figures and events of the Industrial Revolution when they join up to create quick newspapers. Students write op-eds, articles, political cartoons and more in this 90 minute newspaper project. A great way to start your study of the Industrial Revolution.
Students are given brief background information on the Industrial Revolution and guidelines for a newspaper. Students work in groups to investigate and write about topics to create a newspaper in a 90 minute class. The quick and easy newspaper is a fantastic way to introduce students to a topic. Students then have a broad starting point from which they can delve deeper into specific areas.
Suggested topics and informational text included in this guide:
- Life of Henry Ford
- Automobile Industry
- Unions— Riots, Workers, Names, Strikes, Factory Life
- Andrew Carnegie
- Bessemer Process
- John D. Rockefeller
- Cornelius Vanderbilt— Railroads
- Thomas Edison
- Child Labor
- Hull House
- Women in the Industrial Revolution
- Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin
- Elias Howe
- Alfred Nobel
This project is available as part of a bundle of lessons on the Industrial Revolution Teacher Resource Bundle.
This resource guide includes:
- Complete teacher’s guide for a 90 minute lesson
- 2 student handouts with directions and topics
- 16 background information sheets on the Industrial Revolution
- A complete list of materials
Two ways to use:
- Introduction: students read the provided information and write articles in a short time. Students work together to form the first page or two of a newspaper on their topics.
- In-depth: students read the provided information on industrial revolution related topics. Student groups work together to divide up topics and ideas and conduct additional research. Students write investigative articles on the topics.
- OPTIONAL: for either option, consider a gallery walk at the end in which students visit each other's newspapers to learn about the different topics and to analyze major events and people related to the era.
Available Industrial Revolution Resources Include:
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