Eli Whitney Teacher Resources
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Eli Whitney's Patent for the Cotton Gin
Students review the U.S. patent laws by researching Eli Whitney's petition for a renewal on his cotton gin patent. They examine documents to assess the impact of the cotton gin, role-play the patent hearing and discuss the effects of...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Cotton Production and Milling
Pupils examine cotton production and milling. They compete in a hand-ginning contest to realize how difficult it was to separate the seeds from the fibers of cotton. They discuss why Eli Whitney's cotton gin was an important invention.
5th - 6th Social Studies & History
The Industrial Revolution: Life in the Cities
What was life really like in American during the Industrial Revolution? Middle and high schoolers explore tenement living, assembly lines, factory work, and the blossoming world of technology in a series of educational and engaging...
7th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Grade 12 ELA Module 3
Gun, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond is one of the seminal works of historical nonfiction from the late 20th century. Use the author's claims and supporting evidence to guide your high school seniors through their own research project,...
12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn
This resource is rich with primary and secondary source material regarding major events in the Atlantic world during the Age of Revolution. While there are suggested classroom activities toward the beginning of the resource, its true...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Challenge young learners to read between the lines with an activity that focuses on making inferences and using context clues. As class members read short passages that provide several context clues to the meaning of a word in bold, they...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Frederick Douglass’s Speech “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro”
"The Fourth of July is yours, not mine." When Fredrick Douglass said these words in 1852, how did advocates of slavery, as well as Douglass' antislavery audience, react? Here is an excellent lesson not only for analyzing Douglass'...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
What fabrics are our clothes made of? Where do those fabrics from? Lead your pupils to discover the answers to these questions and more. Class members have a chance to play with various fabrics, invesitgating the materials and labels...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Who Won the American Revolution?
Was the American Revolution really revolutionary? Consider all the sides to this complex historical event, as this video not only reviews key battles of the revolution, but also discusses the effect of the war on slaves and Native...
13 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 3/3 - Society and Culture in the New Republic
Here is part three of a fine three-part series which covers the period after the American Revolutionary War. Topics covered include Eli Whitney and the cotton gin, Congress' abolishing the importation of slaves in 1808, shifting patterns...
10 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Technology: Mass Production and Standardization
Students explore standardization and mass production by creating verbal visual vocabulary tables. They discover how industrial inventions increase profits for businesses. Students create three-tiered definition concept trails using...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Inventions and Inventors of the American Industrial Revolution
Young scholars interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Industrial Revolution lesson, students research the inventions and inventors of the era and then create...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
Piece by Piece
What do your pupils know about quilting? Read and discuss the information included here before sending class members off to create their own quilt blocks using construction paper. When they have completed their blocks, provide some time...
1st - 4th Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Designed