Worcester Technical HS, MA
Layered Curriculum Unit: The Industrial Revolution
DUE DATE: __________________________
Core Question Discussion Date:_________________
This unit will explore the
changes that took place in Europe as a result of the Industrial and
Agricultural Revolutions in Europe in the 17th and 18th
After completing this unit, you will be able to:
Core Question: What changes created by the Industrial Revolution still impact our lives today?
Listen quietly, and take notes on lectures 10 points each
The jenny, the gin, and the steam engine: the Industrial Revolution begins_________
Participate in the “Where in the world” exercise: where are my clothes made? 5 points
10 points per day for reading aloud and participating
in the discussion
Create a found poem
on the Industrial Revolution interviews; read it to the
class 10 points
Read one or more of the historical documents listed below. Complete the historical documents worksheet, and be ready to respond to questions about what you have read 10-15 points for each reading
“Leeds Woollen Workers Petition, 1786”
“Industrial Manchester,1844” Friedrich Engels
Rules for Factory Workers
others to be named later!
Draw one of the following inventions and be ready to explain how it worked, and its impact on the Industrial revolution:
The cotton gin
The spinning jenny
The steam engine
Arkwright’s water frame
the story of the Blackstone Canal “Full Circle at 175” and be ready to
explain what the Canal’s purpose was and why it
Create a timeline of
the Industrial Revolution. Be sure to include major inventions and
events that relate to the Industrial Revolution; 10 events must be
included and defended 10 points 10
Create a map of Europe that identifies the population density of Europe in 1800s, and the major centers of industrialization (see History of Western Society text for a good map). 15 points 15 points
Be ready to answer the following questions as they relate to your map.
Complete the thesis statement activity on the documents of the Industrial Revolution and defend your chosen thesis 15 points
Watch the video on Manville and the Industrial Revolution and complete the study guide 10 points
Please choose ONE of the
following assignments to complete. You must have 70 points to
proceed to the B level.
that you are a member of Parliament who has just read the interviews
concerning child labor in the textile industry. Write a speech
in which you propose a change to the child labor laws, OR you defend
the need for child labor. Use evidence from the interviews to justify
your request for change, or your support of conditions as they are. Use
the persuasive essay rubric as your guide.
Create a monologue
using one of the stories from the Forty Cents an Hour book. Read the
story, and create a first person account, using the exact words of the
piece, or other words that you think reflect the tone of the piece.
Present it to the class.
Write your own poem or
song on the impact or conditions of the Industrial Revolution on people
or society as a whole. Read this poem or sing this song to the
Create a painting that you feel reflects the impact of the Industrial Revolution. Write a summary of the painting and what it means. Present it to the class.
Please choose ONE of
the following assignments or questions to complete. You must achieve
one B level assignment before moving to the A level
*****Note: A and B level assignments may NOT be turned in on the
Research the rise and fall of a local mill such as the Lonsdale Mills, Albion Mills, or Manville Mills. See me for information and rubrics. If you have a relative who used to work in one of those mills, choose that one!!
1. Read the Introduction and the Resources sections of the website
2. See me for the following:
3. Complete tasks 1 through 5
of the webquest, and be prepared to explain to the class the results of
Are there similarities between
the life of today’s American working poor and the workers of the early
Industrial Revolution? What are the differences?
`**either one of these may
be done as a team (of no more than 3) per presentation
Research the sweatshop
controversy involving American-owned companies such as Nike, Disney,
and Walmart. Choose one of these companies and create a
presentation or a written paper in which you explain the issue, and the
ways in which the company has attempted to address the sweatshop
problem, if it has. What solution do you propose in order to address
Research a modern day
labor union such as the American Federation of Teachers, the
Brotherhood of International Teamsters, the International Ladies
Garment Workers Association or the AFL-CIO. What are the major issues
for this union and its workers today? How do these issues relate to
labor issues from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution? What
advances made by labor unions in the past have affected modern day
unions? Write a research paper or create a presentation that answers
Participate in a Socratic seminar on Bill Gates’ “Speech on American High Schools.” After reading and annotating the speech, be ready to discuss Gates’ vision for a new American high school. What types of programs would he support? How well are we doing at Lincoln High School to achieve Gates’ vision?