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Unit 5: Industrial Revolution

Lesson 1:Craft and Factory Production

Lesson 2: Parliamentary Debate Project

Lesson 3: Persuasive Essay Writing

Lesson 4: Child Labor In Our World Today

Monday, 12 October 2009 01:06

Lesson 1: Craft and Factory Production

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(The following simulation is taken from the lesson "Workers on the Line," offered by the Tsongas Industrial History Center or EDSITEment)


  1. Students will learn about the differences between craft/piece work production before the Industrial Revolution compared to assembly line/machine production after the Industrial Revolution.
  2. Students will understand why the factory method  was more attractive from a profit standpoint.
  3. Students will understand how workers’ and consumers’ lives were affected by this new method of production.

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Lesson 2: Parliamentary Debate Project

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(Lesson from Monty Worth, Lowell High School)


  1. Students will understand the negative impact of the Industrial Revolution on children from primary source documents.
  2. Students will learn how legislation was enacted to protect child laborers.
  3. Students will take on the roles and create persuasive speeches.

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  1. Students will practice developing a thesis statement
  2. Students will learn to distinguish between evidence and opinion
  3. Students will practice writing a persuasive essay to discuss the impact of urban growth and industrialization on the people of the Industrial Revolution.

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Lesson 4: Child Labor in our World Today

(inspired by Thais Da Rosa, Lowell HS and adapted by Kristin Lubenow, Lowell HS)


  1. Students will recognize the impact of Industrialization on today’s world
    1. Low wages, poverty, unsafe working conditions of women and children.
  2. Students will research child labor around the world and create a poster that shows their knowledge of child labor conditions.
  3. Students will present their findings.

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