Period 3 – U.S. History Lesson Plans (3-18-2015)

U.S. History Header 2Unit:

Unit #1 – A Nation is Born / Unit #2 – Imperialism and Progressivism

Chapter #3 – The Birth of Modern America (1877 – 1900)

Section #3 – Immigration/Urbanization

Section #4 – Early Reforms in a Gilded Age

Chapter #5 – The Progressive Movement

Section #1 – The Roots of Progressivism

Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

Students will be able to examine the changing patterns of immigration from the 19th through the 20th centuries,  consider the challenges and contributions of immigrants, and analyze the “push” and “pull” influences of immigration (i.e. economic factors, advertising, political oppression, belief in social mobility) to 80% in 3 of 4 trials.

Today’s Objective:

Students will gain an understanding of corporate structure and the conditions of working immigrants during the Progressive Age. This will be day #2 for this objective since we did not finish yesterday.

Behavioral Norms (Student Developed):

1.  “Only one person talks at a time” – Noah  (23 votes – approved)

2. “Respect others opinions/ideas” – Rob (31 votes – approved)

3. “Stay on task” – Andrea ( 27 votes – approved)


Task #1 – Finish up analyzing the social experiment conducted by Morgan Spurlock then we will address the question of “Is minimum wage helpful or hurtful to the economy?” as well as the original question of “Does the minimum wage need to be increased, decreased, or removed entirely?”. Addtionally, “Life is hard on minimum wage, as shown in 2005, How much worse did immigrants have it in 1887? What programs existed today that didn’t then?”

Video Segment  – 30 Days on Minimum Wage

Downloadable Questions -> 30 Days – Minimum Wage Questions

Task #2 – From here we will go back to looking at the presentation on the Gilded Age we started yesterday.

Downloadable File #1 -> U.S. History Notes – America’s Gilded Age (1877-1900)

Downloadabel File #2 -> Economics Course Piece – Business Organizations

Task #3 – Name some companies that you would describe as a monopoly and why. Name some companies you would describe as conglomerates and why.

Task #4 – Question: America’s economic system based on Capitalism. Is it good for America? List some of the pros and cons and your final opinion.

 Student Work Evidence:

U.S. History – Student Responses to 2005 and 1887 comparison question (3-18-2015)

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