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The Cotton Gin
Call Number: 633.5 MEL
ISBN: 0761415378
Explains the mechanics of the cotton gin, invented in the late eighteenth century by Eli Whitney, and describes how it enabled, tragically, the vast expansion of the American slave trade.

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The telegraph and telephone
Call Number: 621.385 WOR
ISBN: 9780836858792
Chronicles the development of the telegraph and telephone, introduces Samuel Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, and other individuals behind their invention, and looks at how the devices have influenced the course of history.

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Frederick Douglass : speaking out against slavery
Call Number: 921 DOU
ISBN: 0766017737

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Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in America
Call Number: 937 OLS
ISBN: 0313308306
Contains over two hundred alphabetically arranged articles that provide information about key individuals, technologies, inventions, court cases, companies, political institutions, economic events, and legislation during the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. from 1750 to 1920

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Industrial Revolution : social and economic effects
Call Number: 330 NAR
ISBN: 1420501518
Examines the social and economic impact of the Industrial Revolution, discussing developments in the fields of science, medicine, the environment, economics, literature, art, and global society.


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The industrial revolution's workers and their lives
Call Number: 331 NAR
ISBN: 1420501542
Explores what life was like for workers and their families during the Industrial Revolution, discussing their housing, the type of work they performed, pay, the dangers they faced, and the events that shaped their experiences

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A sweatshop during the industrial revolution
Call Number: 331.25 WOO
ISBN: 1590181794
Describes American sweatshops during the Industrial Revolution, including their workers, their dangers, life in and out of them, and the role of organized labor and reformers in putting an end to them. Includes an annotated further-reading list.



Topics for Industrial Revolution and Early Reforms :

  • Cotton Gin: Eli Whitney and the effects of the cotton gin (positive and negative)
  •  Interchangeable Parts: Eli Whitney
  •  Steamboat: Robert Fulton
  • Erie Canal and the Rise of New York City
  • National Road (Cumberland Road)
  • Telegraph: Samuel Morse
  • Industrial Revolution effects on urbanization and immigration
  •  Work conditions in the textile mills and factories and attempts to improve those conditions, including child labor
  • Education reforms: Horace Mann and teacher training
  • Slavery and Abolition: Fredrick Douglass
  • Temperance Movement and women involvement 


Learning Products and Process

Learning Target:

Students will explore aspects of the Industrial Revolution as well as the early reforms of America such as the temperance, abolition, and education reforms. Our goal is to connect events and concepts of the Industrial Revolution and early reform efforts and measures together.  We are exploring how specific events impacted reform efforts.

For example, factory work conditions connect to reforms in child labor and working hours. Women played a big role in industry as well as early reforms in temperance and education.

Monday and Tuesday, October 3-4, 2011

  • Introduction of research guide
  • Use these two days to explore your topic and develop an "essential" or "big idea" question to explore that answers a "how" or "why" about some aspect of your topic.  You should use print and web resources from the research guide.
  • Due Tuesday, 10/4 at the end of class:  your group will submit an essential reserach question to Ms. Johnson for approval.  Ms. Hamilton will provide you the form.

Wednesday and Friday, October 5 and October 7

Ms. Hamilton will introduce the menu of multimedia projects--you will create ONE quality multimedia project that reflects your findings of your inquiry.  Ms. Hamilton will provide you a checklist to help you make sure your product has digital rigor and that your product reflects thoughtful content creation and critical thought.

We will use these two days to work in class on your multimedia product.

Wednesday, October 12

We will work with each group to embed your learning product on a class wiki page---Ms. Hamilton will facilitate this process.  All products must be completed by the BEGINNING of class and be embedded during class time with Ms. Hamilton's assistance.

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For those of you who have learned presentation zen style, these design principles are helpful for any of these learning products.  Learn more about presentation zen by clicking here; use the last three tabs.

Research Requirements
  • Minimum of four sources should be used in your research
  • At least one source must be a database (Gale, Britannica, Facts on File)
  • A final Works Cited page should be generated in NoodleTools in MLA Advanced Format; we will post this as a separate Word or PDF document on your group wiki page on Wednesday, October 12



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