Andrew Carnegie Teacher Resources
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Philanthropy in History
Students understand the importance of books in past and present societies. In this philanthropic lesson, students compare Andrew Carnegie and Benjamin Franklin's perspective on the importance of everyone being able to read. Students explore the contributions of Bill Gates and technology to public libraries. Students participate in a fund raising activity to benefit public libraries.
Learners research Andrew Carnegie and explain why he chose libraries as his benefactions. They examine the impact of libraries in America. They research how their own community libraries are being supported and have been supported in the past.
Philanthropy in History Lesson 2: "We the People" Libraries--Benjamin Franklin To Andrew Carnegie
Students study examples of philanthropy related to public libraries. They investigate the importance of books in a democratic society and research historical figures in order to write newspaper articles.
Reading Comprehension: Andrew Carnegie
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students use a dictionary and an acronym finder to complete the 4 reading comprehension questions about Andrew Carnegie.
In Need? Indeed!
Young scholars explore The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund. They read "Neediest Case" stories, and work in groups to create compelling print advertisements for the Fund.
Advise and Consent
Middle schoolers survey people of the community to collect opinions regarding a problem. In this philanthropic lesson, students understand the philosophy of Andrew Carnegie about giving back. Middle schoolers study a problem and propose a solution.
The Gilded Age & the Progressive Era (1877–1917)
In this online interactive history quiz instructional activity, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in the United States. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
American Industry Growth
Eleventh graders explore the economic growth from 1878 to 1893. In this social studies activity, 11th graders discuss how the improvements lead to an inequality in wealth and the problems that it caused.
The Rise of Big Business & the Labor Movement (6)
In this online interactive American history learning exercise, learners answer 13 fill in the blank questions regarding the rise of big business and the labor movement. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Why did the Homestead Strike turn violent?
Fifth graders practice reading skills while looking at different accounts of The Homestead Strike. In this reading skills activity, 5th graders practice sourcing, close reading, and corroboration through reading a timeline and primary documents.
Students research celebrity philanthropists. In this philanthropy lesson, students read an article about Andrew Carnegie and identify ways he was philanthropic. Students choose a celebrity philanthropist to research.
CHAIN OF EVENTS
Students, exercising knowledge, reasoning and communication complete a chart that is well-organized and well-detailed. They assess the Economic concepts of supply and demand and how that relates to production and sales. In addition, an example of a Chain of Events chart is provided.
The Industrial Age in America: Robber Barons and Captains of Industry
Students define terms "robber baron" and "captain of industry," list positive and negative actions of one or more captains of industry/robber barons, and take and support stand as to whether particular financier/industrialist is or is not a robber baron.
If Libraries Could Talk
Students study how libraries were developed in towns in Wisconsin. They research the life of Andrew Carnegie and his generosity.
The Rise of Industry 1860-1900
In this industrialization worksheet, high schoolers respond to 4 short answer questions about Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J.P. Morgan.
America Becomes A World Power
Here is a terrific series of lessons which detail America's rise to becoming a world power. Seventh graders create a newspaper that chronicles the important events during this time period. The papers contain information about the expansion of the US Navy, the annexation of Hawaii, the Spanish-American War, and the building of the Panama Canal. This impressive plan has everything you need for successful implementation.
Individuals as Instruments of Change
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members explore these questions and craft an essay that presents their reflections. The packet includes a brief plan but the real value is in the resources included. Provided are a resource list, a reflective essay writing assignment, rubric, and exemplary writing sample. In addition, templates for “Power Quotes,” historic events, famous people, significant art and architecture, education issues, fads, fashions, literature, music, and radio shows are provided.
Immigrants Who Built America
Students research the lives of ten famous immigrant Americans. They conduct research, and match names with the accomplishments of famous immigrants on a worksheet.
History Review: Colonial America
A great way to prepare learners for that annual state exam is with a review session. You can use all or only some of these questions to quiz kids on various aspects of colonial America, the Columbian Exchange, and the Revolutionary War. There are 51 questions total, some with answers and some without.
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