The Industrial Revolution
Designed for grades 7-12, the kit is keyed to NH and VT standards and contains artifacts, photos, primary source documents, activities, books, CDs, a video, and lesson plans. It is organized into four modules, each containing a teachers guide and focusing on an essential question.
The kit will help challenge your students to study the world around them, to discover how innovation and hard work transformed a farm and forest-based economy into a world of factories, machines, and mass-produced consumer goods. Much of this transformation originated in New England, in towns and villages where you can still see the evidence of early factories and mills, and where you can study local community records to find out what life was like during early years of industrialization.
Each module also contains a teacher guide which you may view or download. The introductory essay is included in Module I of the kit. Each module contains a teacher guide which you may view or download below, or you may view or download the entire teacher guide here.
Module I - Background, 1750-1850
Essential Questions: What is industrialization? What are interchangeable parts?
Module II - Invention and Technology
Essential Questions: How did new inventions happen? What is “precision manufacturing”?
Module III - Life and Labor
Essential Questions: How did life change during the industrial revolution? How did it change at work, at home, and throughout society?
Module IV - Legacy and Impact
Essential Question: How did factories transform the geography of the town?
For Advanced and High School Students
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