Tuesday, January 14th
Central Historical Question: How did Chicago newspapers cover the Pullman strike?
In class today, students completed an in-class FRQ. Then, students examined newspaper coverage of the Pullman strike.
Monday, January 13th
Central Historical Question: Why did the Populist Party attract millions of supporters?
In class today, students listened to a brief lecture about the rise and fall of the Populist Party. As a class, students did a close reading of Mary Elizabeth Lease's 1890 speech to the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Then, students worked with their table groups to examine William Jennings Bryan's 1896 speech to the Democratic National Convention. After a brief discussion, students wrote a paragraph to explain the popularity of speakers like Lease and Bryan.
Thursday, January 9th
Central Historical Question: Who was responsible for the Battle of Little Bighorn?
In class today, students listened to a brief lecture before examining a textbook excerpt about the Battle of Little Bighorn. Then, students read two first-hand accounts of the battle and answered guiding questions about the documents. Finally, students constructed a new textbook account of the Battle of Little Bighorn.
Wednesday, January 8th
Central Historical Question: What factors contributed to the Chinese Exclusion Act?
In class today, students watched a brief clip (see below) about the development of railroads in the West. Then, they examined a timeline of Chinese immigration and exclusion before reading several primary source documents to determine what led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Finally, students used evidence from the documents to write a paragraph response to the question, "Why did Americans pass the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882?"
Materials for the lesson can be found here.
Tuesday, January 7th
About a century has passed since the events at the center of this lesson—the Haymarket Affair, the Homestead Strike, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. For some people in our nation, these incidents illustrated the unfair conditions faced by workers as the United States assumed its position as the most highly industrialized nation in the world. For others, they demonstrated the difficulty of managing industries. Such disagreements continue to this day. Where do we draw the line between acceptable business practices and unacceptable working conditions? Can an industrial—and indeed a post-industrial—economy succeed without taking advantage of those who do the work?
Monday, January 6th