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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 lesson 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.
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.
Eighth graders consider how immigration impacted the East. In this West Virginia history lesson, 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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars work in pairs to discuss questions and debate the pros and cons of the Employee Free Choice Act.