In 1912, Thomas Edison said “we’ve got to start to make this world over.” Edison is referring to changing many of the problems that had begun to plague American society at the turn of the 20th century.
This lesson begins with a motivating activity in which students make connections to modern day problems (I call this: "We have issues!)
Then the lesson segues into the split-notes listening activity in which students are introduced to problems at the turn of the 20th century (I call this: "They had issues!)
After the split-notes activity, students create questions (in varying levels of complexity) using their notes. The teacher then leads a class discussion using questions generated by the students. The class completes a graphic organizer throughout the discussion.
To conclude the lesson, students share ways that people at the turn of the 20th century could have tried to solve some of their problems. Students compare these ways to strategies we can use to solve problems today.
Included in this download:
1. Student handout including organizer for split-notes activity and graphic organizer to be completed during class discussion. The three conclusion questions are included as well.
2. Teacher key including split-notes reading passage and possible student responses for organizers and conclusion questions.
3. Power point to accompany the lesson