Mining Labor Strikes Unit

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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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Included in Unit:
• Multiple Intelligence Quiz (Appendix A)
• The Telluride Story (Appendix B)
• Analyzing Photographs Pre- and Post-Test (Appendix C)
• Questions for Analyzing Photographs (Appendix D)
• Mining Labor Strikes Task Sheet (Appendix E)
• The 5 C’s Organizer (Appendix F)
• Ludlow Massacre Lyrics (Appendix G)
• The Brag Sheet Peer Evaluation (Appendix H)
• Mining Labor Strikes Rubric (Appendix I)
• Mining Photographs on PowerPoint (Appendix J)
• Mining Labor Strikes on PowerPoint (Appendix K)


Brief Background:
Using photographs and other primary sources of information, students will apply the Five C’s – context, causality, contingency, complexity, and change over time – to observe the way of life in Colorado mining towns in the late nineteenth century.

Time:
Lesson will take approximately seven 50-minute class periods to complete.

History Standards Assessed:
H2.1: Students will know how to formulate questions and hypotheses regarding what happened in the past.
H2.3B: Students will know how to interpret the data in historical maps, photographs, works of art, and other artifacts.
H3.3A: Students will describe the history, interactions, and contributions of the various groups that have lived in, migrated, or immigrated to the area that is now the United States.
Standards Addressed
H2.3C: Students will know how to examine historical data for point of view, historical context, bias, distortion, or propaganda by omission, suppression, or invention of facts.
H4.2A: Students will explain how economic factors influenced historical events in the United States and in various regions of the world.

Objectives
Students will be able to:
• Answer the Lesson Focus Questions: How were the miners of Colorado significant to the state, and how did their struggles and strikes impact the life of miners today? This will be assessed in the one-page reflection paper written at the end of the lesson.
• Identify the significant role the miners of Colorado played in shaping the great state of Colorado that we know today, as measured by the Mining Labor Strikes Rubric (Appendix I).
• Analyze the struggles of miners throughout history through story, song, and simulation with the use of the multiple intelligences, as measured by the Mining Labor Strikes Rubric (Appendix I).
• Evaluate the contributions made by the miners in the past and present, and why their role in history is so important, as measured by the Mining Labor Strikes Rubric (Appendix I).
• Apply their understanding of miners’ struggles and contributions by completing a multi-media presentation with a group on another miner strike of that time period, as measured by the Mining Labor Strikes Rubric (Appendix I).
• Visualize what it was like to be a miner in that time period, as measured by scoring 67% or higher on the Analyzing Photographs Post-Test (Appendix C).
• Hypothesize and predict what could have happened and other possible outcomes to past events, as measured by the multi-media presentation and outlined in the Mining Labor Strikes Rubric (Appendix I).
• Analyze multiple perspectives of a conflict, looking it through different lenses, as measured by the multi-media presentation and outlined in the Mining Labor Strikes Rubric (Appendix I).
• Apply knowledge of place and time, or context, to evaluate the cause and effects of the labor conditions that miners endured, and how it lead to the mining strikes, as measured by the multi-media presentation and outlined in the Mining Labor Strikes Rubric (Appendix I).
• Compare and contrast the miner strikes of that time period, as well as compare and contrast the past strikes to current, modern day strikes, as measured by the multi-media presentation and outlined in the Mining Labor Strikes Rubric (Appendix I).
• Present a multi-media presentation that is unique and creative with the use of technology, detail, thought, and effort demonstrated, as measured by the Mining Labor Strikes Rubric (Appendix I).
• Demonstrate willingness to participate in group activities and express a positive attitude, as measured by individual and peer evaluations.
• Complete one or more homework extension activity with 70% accuracy or higher. (Students will need to supply sufficient evidence to prove their answers meet the 70% accuracy requirement.)


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