This unit plan contains 11 documents that will take your History, ELA, or Humanities students on a journey through rhetoric, morality, research, and even criminal litigation. By studying the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, students will learn about workplace safety, responsibility and power, and the pull of story as they explore their own rhetorical and research abilities.
Students will first learn about the Triangle Fire, starting with an anticipation guide that they can return to at the end of the unit, and then learn about rhetorical devices (using speeches from union leaders around the time of the fire to provide examples, and then writing their own examples), and finally they will move on to preparing their own mock trial to try the owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory for killing their workers.
These documents -- and the provided how-to sheet for teachers -- guide you through this powerful unit with ease and simplicity. All lessons are heavily scaffolded and allow for easy differentiation.
I had tremendous success with this unit; several generally unmotivated students responded enthusiastically to the mock trial, and prepared for it with a zeal as-yet unknown to me. I used this unit with an urban 11th grade Humanities class in New York City, but it could easily be used around the country in all kinds of high school classes. You can very easily modify the difficulty and intensity of each lesson.
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-- Natasha Pettit --