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Young scholars discover what working conditions were like in the cotton mills of the South. In this industrialization lesson, students read oral histories of mill workers and then write persuasive speeches for or against labor unions in the cotton mills.
Learners share opinions about labor unions, discuss the recent split within the AFL-CIO, and write an article based on interviews with union members.
Students create song lyrics celebrating the history of labor unions serving the entertainment industry, then create posters illustrating the importance of each union to the industry they represent.
To unionize or not to unionize? That is the question high schoolers consider in their investigation of the labor union movement of the 1920s. After a brief review of the Industrial Revolution and the importance of the textile industry in the rebuilding of the south after the Civil War, the class listens to oral histories recorded by owners of and workers in the textile industry. At the conclusion of the study, groups craft a speech either for or against the development of labor unions in the cotton mills. Complete directions for how to access the required materials are included in the detailed plan.
Young scholars examine the role of labor unions. In this labor union lesson, students watch "Viva la Causa" and discuss the working conditions that led farm workers to strike. Young scholars also read a handout regarding labor unions and share their impressions of the lesson as they compose written summaries.
Eighth graders investigate the labor unions and their points of view. They use online resources in order to conduct research with primary and secondary resources. Students could produce a written or oral report for assessment.
Students examine the conditions that led to organized labor unions. In this 20th century America lesson, students compare and contrast the Knights of Labor Constitution, the American Federation of Labor Constitution, and the Industrial Workers of the World Preamble. Students analyze each of the primary sources and discuss their findings.
Students examine primary documents about the establishment of labor unions. For this organized labor lesson, students research the working conditions that contributed to the growth of the labor union movement. Students make classroom presentations about the work of labor unions.
Students define and discuss labor unions in the United States. They compare and contrast labor unions in the United States and labor unions in Europe and Japan.
Students examine the life of Dolores Huerta and her contributions to the development of labor unions. They read the book "Cesar Chavez: Triumph of Spirit," and in groups create a quiz, complete a Venn diagram, listen to a guest speaker, and write journal entries.
America was built on the strength of its workers, and on Labor Day we recognize their contributions.
How has the UFW or United Farm Workers labor union changed? Learners go to the website and explore several articles and specific legislative actions currently in place today. The instructional activity includes answers and a web link, and will allow the class to explore how farm workers have been helped by this particular federal union.
Students analyze the work of auto industry labor unions. In this labor unions lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture on the details of various sit-down strikes. Students respond to discussion questions regarding the lecture.
Explore the world of labor unions and organized strikes of the early 20th century in this presentation. With stark pictures of child laborers and striking workers, these slides are sure to leave an indelible impression on your students- who may be preparing to enter the workforce.
Sixth graders research how labor unions improved working conditions for US workers at the turn of the twentieth century. They create a presentation using the information from the research that includes a visual aide such as diorama or PowerPoint presentation.
Students discover details about the involvement of labor unions in organizing hoboes. In this Great Wheat Harvest Migration activity, students read the Hoboes on Harvest handout and respond to the provided discussion questions based on the article.
Students explore foreign cultures by reading a story in class. In this Hispanic history lesson, students read the story Radio Man by Arthur Dorros and identify the times discrimination is used in the story. Students discuss labor problems in the U.S.A. and complete a worksheet based on Labor Unions.
In this 20th century U.S. history worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages regarding the industrialization and labor unions. Students then respond to 50 short answer questions.
Learners explore the significance of Labor Day. For 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.
Eleventh graders study problems that agrarian and industrial workers experienced during the years 1890-1930 as modern America emerged. They focus on populism and labor unions, while attempting to determine solutions for the problems these groups faces. As an assessment, the students complete graphic organizers.