Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we re-take the short test over material covering our study of the Industrial Revolution, that we took yesterday.

Homework: none

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we take a short test over material covering our study of the Industrial Revolution.

Homework: none

Monday, November 11, 2019


Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we look at an article from the Urbana Courier 100 years ago to see how Thornburn students protested having to attend school on the first Armistice Day and the striking their principal took on their behalf. We also review some of the major ideas associated with the Industrial Revolution for a quiz tomorrow.
Download file "PUPILS STRIKE.docx"

Homework: none

Friday, November 8, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we look at the sources of most American clothing and discover it is from abroad, primarily Southeast Asia and Central America and some Caribbean islands. Then we read what happened to workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in 1911 and draw some conclusions as to why so many of our clothes are not made domestically.

Homework: Select one cartoon from 8 provided about factory farming (below). Describe it, explain the joke, and react positively or negatively with reasons for your feelings, in 3 paragraphs. Add an introduction and conclusion for extra credit. Factory Farming Cartoon Analysis is due Monday, November 11, 2019.

Monday - Thursday, November 4 - 7, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we look at industrial agriculture and factory farming. Students will consider the human biome as they watch parts of "Food, Inc.".

Homework: Select one cartoon from 8 provided about factory farming (below). Describe it, explain the joke, and react positively or negatively with reasons for your feelings, in 3 paragraphs. Add an introduction and conclusion for extra credit. Factory Farming Cartoon Analysis is due Monday, November 11, 2019.

Download file "Industrial Ag cartoons.pdf"

Friday, October 31, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we play "Industrial Jeopardy" for fabulous prizes. Questions in the game will reflect ideas and topics covered in this unit so far.

Homework: "Why ... Chinatown?" booklets due Monday

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we take a look at the psychological world with an examination of one of Chicago's most notorious serial killers, H.H. Holmes.

Homework: "Why ... Chinatown?" booklets due Monday

Wednesday, October 30, 2018

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today students will continue answering the Document-Based Question, "Why do so many large American cities have a Chinatown?" Students will add research today, to the booklets they began yesterday. Today we look at an application from 1913 that Chicago business man Hong Sling, had to complete to leave the U.S. to travel abroad and return. Students should analyze this document to understand the racism and prejudice of the era.
Download file "Hong Sling.pdf"

Homework: Complete the booklet by answering the title question on the inside last cover and create an original poem or drawing on the back cover dealing with Chinatown, Chinese immigration, or the immigrant experience. Booklets are due Monday, November 4th.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today students will continue answering the Document-Based Question, "Why do so many large American cities have a Chinatown?" Students will add research today, to the booklets they began yesterday. Today we look at the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and summarize why it was created and what it meant. We also look at the 1886 Magic Washer advertisement and take notes on its messages.

Download file "magic washer.jpg"Download file "Chinese Exclusion Act, 1882.pdf"

Homework: finish paragraphs or bullet points in booklet for chapters 2 and 3 if not done in class.

Monday, October 28, 2019


Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today students will begin answering the Document-Based Question, "Why do so many large American cities have a Chinatown?" Students will create a booklet for their research today, including the DBQ on the cover along with their name. We look today at an article from the December 3, 1879 issue of the Champaign Co. Herald and discern what warning about the Chinese the author James Faulkner was trying sent.
Download file "%22Golden Gate Correspondence%22 Cham Co Herald Dec 3, 1879.jpg"
Download file "%22Golden Gate Correspondence%22 Cham Co Herald Dec 3, 1879 conc.jpg"
Homework: none

Friday, October 25, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today students critique their textbook, History Alive, and evaluate how accurately it presents the events surrounding Chicago's infamous Haymarket Riot.

Homework: Industrial Revolution question packets and textbook critiques are due Monday.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today students will have the entire period to work on questions related to readings about the Industrial Revolution. There are two sets of sheets; one set of text and one set of questions, though all handouts are green.

Homework: Industrial Revolution question packets are due Monday

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 22 and 23, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Today we look at the rise of labor unions and Chicago's infamous Haymarket Riot. Students will compare versions of this event from the PBS documentary, "Chicago: City of the Century" and classroom textbooks to discern the truth behind this unfortunate event.

Homework: none

Monday, October 21, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Students will watch and discuss Charlie Chaplin's answer to our essential question in his 1936 classic film, "Modern Times".

Homework: none

Week of October 15-18, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Students will present their research on a large U.S. city using Google Slides.

Homework: none

Week of October 7-11, 2019


Download file "City Research Project.docx"

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Students will use computers research a large American city of their choice to create a small booklet and a slideshow about that city.

Homework: Students may work on their projects at home, but time will be provided in class as well as Chrome books. Presentations will commence on Tuesday, October 15. Booklets will be due as soon as a students finishes presenting.

Wednesday and Thursday, October 2 and 3, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?

Agenda: Students will use computers research a large American city of their choice to create a small booklet and a slideshow about that city.

Homework: Students may work on their projects at home, but time will be provided in class as well as Chrome books. Presentations will commence on Tuesday, October 15. Booklets will be due as soon as a students finishes presenting. Presentations will cease on October 18.
Download file "Cities Project.docx"

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than is solved?

Agenda: Today students will become demographers and graph the population growth of numerous American cities, including Los Angeles to their previous of Chicago's population growth.

Homework: Begin designing a book cover from the booklets created in class during our "Factory vs Cottage Industry" simulation. Write the name of the large, American city you wish to research and your name as author of the book. These will be used in class tomorrow to assign computers.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than is solved?

Agenda: Today we visit Chicago via Google Earth and review our video notes from last Thursday.

Homework: none

Friday, September 27, 2019

Essential Question: Did the Industrial Revolution create more problems than it solved?


Agenda: Today we run a short simulation to understand how cottage industry was replaced by industrial manufacturing centers, or factories. Students will create booklets either as individual workers or as assembly line workers. We will compare the work experiences and quality and quantity of product.

Homework: none