Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?
Agenda: Today we begin research on the topic of where the clothes Americans wear are made. Are there parallels between modern factories in other countries, including China, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Haiti, and New York's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory of just over a century ago?
Students will write a 5-paragraph essay that addresses this question according the following guidelines:
- Paragraph 1: Introduce the question of where American clothes are made and why.
- Paragraph 2: Recount the story and conditions of the Triangle Factory, using the History Alive text or PBS's "The American Experience: The Triangle Fire"
- Paragraph 3: Recount the story of at least one foreign factory located in a country above, using at least one article from the Internet. This (or these) article(s) must be cited at the end of the essay.
- Paragraph 4: Compare and/or contrast the two stories.
- Paragraph 5: Conclude this essay by suggesting why Americans no longer make most of their clothes.
- Cite any articles you used at the end of your essay.
Homework: Essays are due Tuesday, November 7, but only today and Friday will class time be exclusively devoted to this project.