This 10 page activity packet contains everything your students need to complete a Document Based Activity (using primary sources/secondary sources) on the 3 major philosophies that influenced how Americans thought about and dealt with the huge disparity between the rich and poor in INDUSTRIAL AMERICA. Social Darwinism, the Social Gospel Movement and the Gospel of Wealth are addressed in this activity. Student will also read primary/secondary documents that introduce them to the ideas of William Graham Sumner, Andrew Carnegie, Washington Gladden, Billy Sunday, Dwight Moody and more... Students will:
1) Read each primary/secondary source document (excerpt) to understand the differences between Social Darwinism, the Social Gospel Movement and the Gospel of Wealth
2) While examining documents A-G, students can answer the Comprehension Check Questions, for each document, on paper or orally discuss with a partner.
3) Students will then complete their graphic organizers to record information that will answer the overall question: Should the poor be helped and how did supporters of Social Darwinism, the Social Gospel Movement and the Gospel of Wealth want to help the poor?
4) Students can then use their graphic organizers to write a response to the overall question on their own paper.
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