United States History

Rise of Industrialization in America

Purpose: To analyze the transformation of the American economy and the changing social and political conditions in the United States in response to the industrial revolution.

Goals: At the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. identify both the positive and negative effects of industrialization.
    2. explain how new inventions sparked business growth
    3. analyze changes in communication, transportation and daily life caused by industrialization.
    4. evaluate the role of government in regulating business.
    5. evaluate if business leaders like John Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie were entrepreneurs or robberbarrons.
    6. describe the development of the United States economy through the present.

Skills: At the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. analyze a slide
    2. read a newspaper or magazine article
    3. write an editorial (opinion with related facts)


Homework Assignments (15 points)

Class Participation: including daily warm-ups, interactive class notes sheet, handouts, small group projects (30 points)

Editorial Assignment (40 points)

Unit Test (100 points)


Due on Tuesday October 24th, 2000

Read Chapter 4 Section 2 Answer the following questions: (5 points)

1. Explain why American Industrialists of the late 1800ís were called robber barons" and "captains of industry"

2. Describe the theory of Social Darwinism and its connection to big business..

3. Explain the differences between vertical and horizontal integration.


* Reminder Part 1 and 2 of Editorial Assignment Due on Thursday October 26th *

Due on Friday October 27th, 2000

Read Chapter 4 Section 3 Answer the following questions: (5 points)

1.Identify the sources of growing American work force and the reasons why the entire families worked.

2. Describe factory work in the late 1800ís

3. Explain the roles that women and children played in the work force

 Due on Monday October 30th, 2000

Read Chapter 32 Answer the following questions: (5 points)

1. Describe how the economy has changed to incorporate technology.

2. Using the timeline on pages 804-805 as a resource, describe the four periods of technological advancement.

3. Describe the development of the World Wide Web and name possible uses of the web today.

Editorial Assignment (40 points)

Part 1: Find a newspaper/ magazine article (10 points)

Choose an editorial from a local newspaper or magazine (Davis Enterprise, Sacramento Bee etc.) on a topic relating to business growth, the economy, technology, industrialization, land development, business regulation, role of business leaders, anti-trust laws, computer social issues, etc. Read your article and answer attached question sheet.

Part 2: Sharing ideas about your editorial in discussion groups (10 points)

Bring article into class and be prepared to discuss your issue in small groups. Group members will provide feedback and help you compare and contrast the issue.

Part 3: Writing an editorial on your issue. (20 points)

Now that you have researched your topic and have received feedback about it, you are ready to begin writing a page editorial / letter to the editor expressing your feelings about the issue. Your letter should be one paged typed using a word processing program and checked for grammar and spelling. You should attach your article, answered questions sheets and your editorial together and it will be collected.

Unit Test / Notebook Check/ Editorial on Tuesday November 7th, 2000