Period 3 – U.S. History Lesson Plan (3-19-2015)

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 be studying the men that would eventually become known as “Robber Barons” in the Gilded Age.

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 – There are three topics we need to cover and I want your opinion on which order we should cover them.

1 – C.E.O. (The men who ran the companies) – 18 votes

2 – Corporate Structure (How the business are organized) – 2 votes

3 – Labor Tensions (Homestead Pennsylvania) – 11 votes

Task #2 – Now that we have the vote done we will be going into the history of the CEOs who ran the first major corporations in the U.S.

Task #3 – You will need a sheet of lined paper for today. We will be looking at a video segment on Cornelius Vanderbilt. The first of the super rich men in the U.S. that rose up.

Task #4 – As we watch the video segment I will be stoping it so we can discuss what is happening. When I stop it though I want you to answer the questions below:

Question: If you were Vanderbilt how much would you pay your employees in 1866?

Question: Vanderbilt had 75 billion dollars. How much money would you say is enough?

Question: Having earned all his own money do you think Vanderbilt would endorse social programs like welfare?

Question: What does Vanderbilt shutting down the Albany bridge tell you about his mentality?

Question: Why do you think Vanderbilt constructs the Grand Central Depot?

Question: How do you think Vanderbilt’s attempt to control the Eerie Line by using a hostile takeover ends up costing him more than its worth?

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