To become familiar with both the benefits and problems that came about because of the Industrial Revoluton.
1 class period
This activity begins by reading with the class a brief opening paragraph about the era of industrialization.
Students then read through a series of 30 statements and must decide which ones are ADVANTAGES, which are DISADVANTAGES, and which are DESCRIPTIONS of the era of industrialization. There are 10 of each. Spaces are filled in with A for ADVANTAGE (a benefit to the workers or general population); D for DISADVANTAGE (a problem or undesirable condition); and DES for DESCRIPTION (information about the Industrial Revolution that is neither a benefit or problem). Once class members have finished, answers are announced.
The lesson concludes by giving students about 10 minutes to work on three Thought Questions. These require short written answers and help develop critical thinking skills. Answers can be discussed afterwards.
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.