Students practice sentence patterns associated with vocabulary words that deal with working conditions at business workplaces. They match vocabulary terms to context-information scenarios and to their definitions found within a dictionary.
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“Halsted Street Car”
Carl Sandburg's brief poem, "Halsted Street Car" suggests a world full of pain, of tired wishes, and of empty dreams. Readers use the provided questions to open a discussion of the effects of the working conditions in the early 1900s on...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Ethics of Outsourcing to China
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Childhood Lost: Child Labor in the United States, 1830-1930
Working in groups, middle and high schoolers describe and discuss photographs depicting working conditions experienced by child laborers in the 19th century. They then write a persuasive paragraph supporting an amendment to regulate the...
5th - 10th English Language Arts
Why Did the Triangle Fire Occur?
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...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Globalization and Trade and Poverty
Can we eradicate extreme poverty with globalization? How far can the planet support a growing global industry? High schoolers watch an engaging video about some of the most important questions in the economic world today—and view some of...
9 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
An Introduction to Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition
Do you live a life of action or a life of contemplation? Hannah Arendt's 1958 publication The Human Condition addresses the philosophical components of human life, including the necessity of and relationships between work, labor, and...
3 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Labor Unions and Working Conditions:United We Stand
Students examine primary documents about the establishment of labor unions. In this organized labor lesson, students research the working conditions that contributed to the growth of the labor union movement. Students make classroom...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Textile Industry and the Triangle Factory Fire
Young scholars explore on-the-job safety during the Industrial Revolution. In this Industrial Revolution instructional activity, students research primary and secondary sources to analyze workplaces for women during the aforementioned...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History