This is a 45 minute lesson on what makes someone a progressive during the Progressive Era of United States History. Student's will be given the definition of progressivism but need to decide based 7 short text based primary documents if the person or act was "progressive." This lesson was designed in Word and can be adapted for your classroom.
The purpose of this lesson is to illustrate to students how “slippery” the term Progressivism is. While it is a good term to help generalize a rather scattered era of American history, it is important that students understand the flaws of the term. Each of the people, events, or laws was considered progressive. In addition, not all were consistent in our conception of Progressivism.