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Age of Reform

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings United States history to life with comics and storyboards.

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map
  • Poster

Your students will create amazing images like these in no time!

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings United States history to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings United States history to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings United States history to life with comics and storyboards.

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Age of Reform

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Teacher Guide

Age of Reform

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

The Progressive Era was a period in U.S. history that saw widespread social activism and social reform between the 1890s and 1920s. The main purpose of the movement was to rid the U.S. of widespread corruption in the government, and to regulate the numerous monopolies. These changes were a way to promote equal competition, to the advantage of the consumer.

Efficiency was a major theme during the Progressive Era. This led to modernization in the fields of science, medicine, and engineering. The Progressive movement was led by presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. The Progressives strongly supported scientific methods as applied to economics, government, industry, finance, medicine, schooling, theology, education, and even the family.

Opening Discussion

The board game Monopoly first emerged in the 1930s, shortly after the end of the Progressive Era. The game was named after the economic concept of a single entity having dominant or full control over a market. Ask your class if they have ever played the game Monopoly before. What is the goal of Monopoly? How do you achieve this goal? What does the game teach you about the strategies of monopolies? If monopolies are illegal, why do we let children play a game that promotes illegal practices?

Lessons to be learned from Monopoly:

  • Focus on cash flow (you need to collect rent to make money)
  • Always have cash available (you need money to pay for your obligations)
  • Be patient (blowing all your money quickly doesn’t always pay off)
  • Invest in low risk, high reward properties (buy the four railroads, they provide a 25% return on your investment)
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard, Comic Strip, or ...
    Progressivism

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    The Great Depression

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    New Deal Era

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  • Extension / Modification
    Explore (Extension / Modification)

    Explore President Theodore Roosevelt’s speech, “The New Nationalism” (1910).

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster educating the public about the benefits of Progressivism.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

What was the most important contribution of the Progressive Era? Ask your students to rank the following contributions in order of significance, including an explanation as to why they choose their particular order.

  • Income Tax (tax the public based on income to pay for social programs)
  • Women’s suffrage (women have the right to vote)
  • Philanthropy (donations to foundations, colleges, and hospitals)
  • Education (compulsory school attendance)
  • Medicine and Law (innovative new technologies and techniques)
  • Municipal Reform (efficiency and reduction of waste)
  • Labor Unions (increased rights for workers)
  • Food Quality (rules on food ingredients and preparation)
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Pixton Activity: Age of Reform 1 Progressivism

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel

Instructions

Create a comic making light of the US policy of Progressivism during the turn of the 20th century.

Your comic may reflect ideas about the following:

  • Bans against child labor
  • The initiative referendum and its recall
  • The Sherman Anti-Trust Act (1890)
  • The Pure Food and Drug Act (1906)
  • The Meatpacking Act (1906)
  • The Federal Reserve Act (1913)
  • The Clayton Anti-Trust Act (1914)
  • The ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920)

Highlight the historical issues that led to the policy's support.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Progressivism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total

Example Comic Strip

Progressivism by Student

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Pixton Activity: Age of Reform 2 The Great Depression

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates the various causes and consequences of the global depression of the 1930s.

Each panel should include an appropriate graphic illustrating the event, along with a detailed description.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: The Great Depression

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total
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Pixton Activity: Age of Reform 3 New Deal Era

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard analyzing the important policies, institutions, and personalities of the New Deal era.

Your comic should include at least six of the following topics:

  • President Herbert Hoover
  • President Franklin Roosevelt
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The establishment of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission,
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority
  • The Social Security Act
  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • The Works Progress Administration
  • The American Federation of Labor
  • The Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • The American Communist Party

Each panel should include an appropriate graphic and a detailed description.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: New Deal Era

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total

Example Mind Map

New Deal Era by Student
Mind MapNew Deal Era Franklin RooseveltFranklin entered office without a plan to deal with the Great Depression so he developed a plan with the Secretary of Labor. In the first 100 days he met with Congress and was granted every request made to make changes to stimulate the economy. His changes helped stimulate the economy and led to a rebound in 1933. Social Security ActThe Social Securities Act established a permanent system of universal retirement pensions. It was funded through payroll taxes so that people would have the legal, moral, and political right to use them when in a time of need. National Labor Relations Act Through the National Labor Relations Act, workers were given the rights to collective bargaining through unions of their own choice. The Act provided tremendous growth for labor unions across the US. Securities CommissionTo prevent corporate abuses relating to the sale of securities, and corporate reporting, the US Securities Commission was formed to regulate the stock markets and forced companies to provide balance sheets, profit, and loss statements, and the names and compensations of corporate officers. Tennessee Valley AuthorityThe Tennessee Valley Authority was a government owned corporation that provided assistance to the Tennessee valley which was particularly impacted by the drought of the Great Depression. The corporation greatly modernized the region's economy and society. Federal Deposit InsuranceThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is a government corporation that provides deposit insurance that guarantees the safety of the depositors' money. This was in response to the default of numerous banks at the start of the Great Depression, which caused many people to lose their savings.

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