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Industrial America

Pixton Lesson Plan on Industrial America

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Industrial America
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American history to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American history to life with comics and storyboards.

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Industrial America

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

The 19th century saw a huge increase in the US population, with numbers jumping from five million at the start of the century, to 75 million by the end. Much of this growth can be attributed to European immigration that occurred in two waves. The "Old" immigrants came to the US between the 1820s and 1850s and were generally well educated, literate, and Christian. Many of the immigrants came from Germany, Ireland, England, and Scandinavia. These immigrants had the skills necessary to blend easily into American society.

The "New" wave of immigrants came to the US between the 1870s and 1920s from countries such as Poland, Russia, Italy, Greece, and China. These immigrants were generally poorer, and less educated than “Old” immigrants. It was the belief that the “New” wave of immigrants would not assimilate well into US society as many were Catholic, Orthodox or Jewish, and did not fully understand US democratic principles. Majority of the immigrants from these areas settled in specific parts of town where they formed close-knit communities consisting of only members from their own ethnicity.

The growth of many US cities due to immigration, caused overcrowding, disease, and unemployment to spread. This forced the US government to pass two Acts that limited immigration in an effort to control urban growth. Firstly, the Immigration Act of 1882 prevented immigrants who could not support themselves or were "undesirable", such as convicts, idiots, or lunatics. Secondly, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 restricted Chinese nationals from immigrating due to economic and social concerns. Many politicians made public statements suggesting that the Chinese were a homogeneous people that were unable to assimilate into American society. There was also concern about the spread of disease due to the poorer health of the Chinese immigrants.

Opening Discussion

Create a T-Chart comparing the “Old” and “New” immigrants of America.

  • What issues became prevalent in overcrowded US cities during the “New” wave of immigration?
  • Which groups of people were most affected by disease in the urban centers?
  • Why was sanitation so poor in the cities during this period?
  • Who was Typhoid Mary and what was her impact on New York City?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic
    Causes of the Industrial Revolution

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  • Make a Comic
    Westward Expansion

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  • Make a Comic
    Life During the Industrial Revolution

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  • Make a Comic
    Battle of Little Bighorn

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  • Extension / Modification
    Write (Extension / Modification)

    Write a biography about Typhoid Mary.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster promoting the benefits of moving west in 1900.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Watch the movie “Little, Big Man” with your class and discuss the impact that westward expansion had on the Indian tribes. Write an essay discussing whether you believe that the movie is an accurate description of westward expansion. Complete a character analysis of Jack Crabb, discussing his multiple revelations and transformations throughout the movie.(Note: the movie is rated PG-13 and should be previewed for suitability)

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Pixton Activity: Industrial America 1 Causes of the Industrial Revolution

Instructions

Create a Mind Map discussing the causes of the industrial revolution in the US.

Each panel should include:

  • An appropriate graphic
  • A detailed description

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Causes of the Industrial Revolution

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: Industrial America 2 Westward Expansion

Instructions

Create a T-Chart illustrating the causes, and consequences of westward migration on Indian life. Be sure to discuss how the following were affected, and what the impacts were:

  • Hunting
  • Health
  • Trapping
  • Indian traditions
  • Interactions between Indians and settlers during this period

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Westward Expansion

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 Storyboard

Westward Expansion by Student

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Pixton Activity: Industrial America 3 Life During the Industrial Revolution

Instructions

Create a satirical Comic Strip that makes light of the working / living conditions that people faced during the Industrial Revolution in the US.

The comic should highlight the historical issues that were present such as:

  • Child labor
  • Poor working conditions
  • Long hours of labor

Make sure to include relevant details that are specific to the time period such as:

  • Technology
  • Housing
  • Clothing

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Life During the Industrial Revolution

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

Industrial Revolution Comic by Student

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Pixton Activity: Industrial America 4 Battle of Little Bighorn

Instructions

Design a Graphic Novel depicting the events that occurred at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Each panel should include:

  • An appropriate graphic with relevant historical details
  • Be historically accurate and include specific events

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Battle of Little Bighorn

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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