During the late 1800s, industries such as oil and railroads formed monopolies within their industry. Business practices included raising prices when there was no competition and having influence in government. Business leaders such as Rockefeller and Vanderbilt had an unfair advantage and critics wanted change.
This lesson begins with addressing how Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” applied to business. The worksheets included contain documents that look at both sides of whether or not big businesses were cruel. These worksheets can be used to think-pair-share activities, cooperative learning assignments, or for independent practice. Throughout the powerpoint there are explanations of activities and discussion questions to move the lesson along.
The flexibility of these materials will allow you to blend activities from this product to lesson plans that you already use.
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