Why Did the Triangle Fire Occur?

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An investigation of the 1911 New York City Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire leads class members to examine primary and secondary source materials related to the event and apply what they learn about the working conditions at the time to conditions for garment workers today.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the Global Production Investigation activity and have individuals research the working conditions in the country of origin of one of their articles of clothing
Classroom Considerations

  • Some of the images, and the tragedy itself, are disturbing; therefore, preview the entire packet before deciding to use the resource with your classes

  • The 38-page packet includes an abstract and rationale for the lesson, objectives, a materials list, a detailed plan, images, primary source documents, worksheets, and a rubric

  • The data sheets are dated; however, they could be easily replaced with more current information
Common Core