Industrial Revolution Unit Resources | 8 Activities for Industry and Slavery

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In this Industry and Slavery Unit, students learn about the early Industrial Revolution in the northern United States while learning about slavery expanding in the Southern United States. Specifically, students will learn about the economies of the North and the South in the build-up to the American Civil War. This unit also contains many components that deal with the late-19th and early-20th century Industrial Revolution.

This unit now includes several resources that are 1:1 Google compatible versions to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into the document!

Below is the table of contents:

The North:

✔ 1.) An introduction into the birth of factories in America. Students are introduced to Industrialization with a poem activity, then are engaged with a PowerPoint presentation on the birth of the factory, Samuel Slater, why factories were located where they were, and what a mill town was!

✔ 2.) Immigration to the United States in mid-1800s: Data Sets, Push/Pull Close Reading!

✔ 3.) Factory Conditions in the 19th Century! PowerPoint, Simulation, Writing, & More!

What was it like to work in a mid-to-late 19th-century factory? In this lesson, students read excerpts from the Jungle, view images of child labor, watch a video clip of life on an assembly line, then participate in a house construction activity!

✔ 4.) Labor Unions: Their Creation, Why They Were Needed, and How They Work!

✔ 5.) Inventions of Industrial Revolution: Spinning Jenny, Steam Engine, Telegraph!

The South:

✔ 6.) The Middle Passage Primary Source Investigation

✔ 7.) The Horrors of Slavery: 6 Stations to Responsibly Teach Slavery and Abolition!

✔ 8.) A unit bundle test!


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Check out these great supplements to the Early Industry and Age of Reform Unit:

Industry and Market Revolution Guided PowerPoint!

Industrialization and Age of Reform "I Can" Statements & Learning Goals!

The United States Industrialization Unit and Age of Reform Test!

Industry & Reform Jeopardy! Students Play Jeopardy for Age of Reform & More!

Industry & Reform Primary Sources! Warmups for Industrialization & Age of Reform!


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