This is a viewing guide for the first episode of the History Channel's miniseries The Men Who Built America. The episode is called "A New War Begins."
The Men Who Built America is a great series for a discussion of Gilded Age entrepreneurs. The series reveals the personalities behind the moguls, giving a decent background regarding their attitudes and approaches. Additionally, it elucidates the techniques they used to rise to prominence and fits them into their larger socio-historical context (don't worry - I don't use words like that in guides intended for high schoolers!). This episode focuses on Cornelius Vanderbilt, known as "The Commodore."
The viewing guide contains twelve questions to be completed by the students while they watch the video. Questions are designed to be approachable by both advanced and struggling students. After watching, students can complete two additional questions to activate their higher order thinking skills (you could delete these questions if you wished). I will also release all of the episodes of the series (for $.99 a piece) as I am able to complete the guides.
I sell viewing guides for each episode in the series for 99 cents each. You could purchase them all together for $5.99 (about $2.00 cheaper overall) at the following URL: