This lesson on Eli Whitney and his cotton gin works well in both Reading and Social Studies classes. It starts with a word bank of vocabulary and is followed by biographical information about inventor, Eli Whitney and his accomplishments. Next are three sets of questions: 1) Word Comprehension, 2) Causes and Effects, 3) Putting Events in Order for a total of 16 questions. Reading Comprehension Skills emphasized are identifying details, sequencing events, and relating causes and effects. Reading vocabulary taught is: Cash crop, cotton boll, cotton fibers, cotton gin, flourish, invention, patent and tutor. To enhance students' understanding the lesson comes with a picture of a cotton gin and a picture of Eli Whitney (used from public domain). The fifth page is the answer key. If you are teaching about the Southern Colonies in Social Studies class this lesson can serve as a helpful study guide, test guide, or supplemental resource!