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Tenth graders, in groups, explore the garment industry before, during, and after the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire to learn about the Labor Movement, unions, and some of the people who impacted working conditions for both adults and children workers in America.
Young historians will explore the complex causes and effects of industrialization in China by perusing the numerous articles included in this webpage. Throughout the resource, there are many writing and discussion prompts to help direct and focus your class in their thinking. Ultimately, use these articles to foster a class debate on the countries' industrialization process. Because of the themes it explores, this activity would go well with a unit on the American Industrial Revolution. 
When your upper elementary class returns in the fall, have them identify and define the beginnings of the labor movement and Labor Day in the United States. They thoughtfully reflect on changes that have occurred in the way we think about this holiday. They also write a contribution to a Labor Day scrapbook, such as a letter to a pen pal in another country who doesn't celebrate Labor Day, an essay on some aspect of the origins of the holiday, or an essay about Peter J. McGuire.
Students study the role Oklahoma's wheat fields played in the history of labor movements in the US. They write imaginary letters describing their experiences on a wheat harvest. They research on the internet or in encyclopedias to find out how hobo sandwiches got their name.
For this online interactive American history worksheet, 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.
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students 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.
In this online interactive American history worksheet, high schoolers answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding the rise of big business and the labor movement. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding big business and the labor movement. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive American history instructional activity, students answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding the rise of big business and the labor movement. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Middle schoolers read about the history of Labor Day in a newspaper article. They discuss difficulties American employees of the past had to face, learn about labor rallies, and conduct Internet research. Part of the intention of this lesson plan is to demonstrate how to cite websites in a bibliography. Because of the timing of this holiday and the importance of citing websites, this would be an outstanding lesson plan to complete upon returning to school at the beginning of the year.
Students evaluate the role labor groups had on the U.S. Government in the early 1900's.  In this teaching American history lesson, students complete several activities, including response writing and listening to music, that reinforce what the have learned about early 20th Century labor movements.
Middle schoolers investigate the working conditions during the Age of Industrialization. They research how workers reacted to the conditions and discuss the results of labor movement.
Eighth graders consider how immigration impacted the East. In this West Virginia history lesson plan, 8th graders research the effects of immigration on Wheeling, West Virginia. Students also gather information about immigration on a field trip to the West Virginia State History Museum. Students use their findings to produce videos that highlight the immigrant experience.
Groups reserach and write about topics given to them by their teacher dealing with the Bill of Rights.
Learners explore the significance of Labor Day. In this Labor Day lesson, students research Internet sources to study the history behind the holiday. Learners discuss labor union history and simulate a public hearing regarding the proposal of an 8-hour work day.
Students examine the labor movement. In this labor issues lesson, students discuss the role of labor organizations and research their beginnings in order to better understand the debate over the Employee Free Choice Act.
Students research the labor movement and write a feature article based on the research.
Students investigate the right to petition and assemble. In this Bill of Rights lesson, students read the First Amendment and discuss the rights guaranteed by the amendment. Students research selected groups and movements that have made use of the right to petition and assemble. Students share their research findings with their classmates.
Students examine the Employee Free Choice Act. In this workers' rights lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the legislation. Students work in pairs to discuss questions and debate the pros and cons of the Employee Free Choice Act.
Labor Day provides a way to introduce students to the issues of the labor movement.

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