To analyze the ideas put forth by various political groups for solving the problems created by the Industrial Revolution.
1 and 1/2 class periods
The lesson begins by reading with the class an opening paragraph describing problems caused by the Industrial Revolution, as well as four sections (listed below) about how different people had different ideas on how to solve them.
• Democratic Liberals
• Utopian Socialists
Afterwards, there are seven questions for students to work on during the remainder of the period. In question 1, class members will match 10 people and terms related to the lesson topic with their appropriate descriptions. In question 2, students read through a series of seven opinions and must decide whether each one belongs to liberals, democratic liberals, Utopian socialists, or Marxists. Questions 3-7 require brief written answers and help develop critical thinking skills.
EXAMPLE: (Question 3)
Of the many evils brought about by the Industrial Revolution, which two do you think were the worst? Why?
You can go over the answers to questions 1 and 2, and discuss responses to 3-7, at the beginning of the next class.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.