Industrialization: Railroads in the U.S. (1865-1901)
Intro: Overview, Attendance, Agenda, Enduring Understanding, Review Essential Question, Objectives, Standards, Homework
Enduring Understanding: Economic systems shape relationships in society.
Essential Question: How did the United States become an industrialized society after the Civil War?
Objections: Students will know…
—the various resources that enabled the United States to industrialize quickly.
—the new technologies invented during this era and their inventors.
—how the spread of railroads changed the nation.
—the leading railroad industrialists and evaluate their accomplishments.
—the rise of large-scale businesses and their different forms of organization.
—the key industrialists and financiers and what their role was in shaping the nationʻs economy.
—the changes in retail and the emergence of the advertising industry in the late nineteenth century.
—how industrialization changed working conditions in the United States.
—the rise of organized labor, and the reasons it failed to achieve its major goals.
—Time, Continuity, and Change (#6, #7)
—People, Places, and Environments (#1, #4)
—Individual Development and Identity (#2)
—Production, Distribution, and Consumption (#4, #6, #8)
—Science, Technology, and Society (#1, #4, #6)
—Global Connections (#6)
Industrialization: Railroads Discussion Questions
1. How did the transcontinental railroad transform the West?
2. What was the West probably like before the coming of the railroad?
3. What effects on the development of the West would you predict the transcontinental railroad to have?
4. How did the federal government encourage the growth of railroads?
5. How did the federal governmentʻs land policies change the United States?
6. Why were large companies needed to build railroads?
7. How did railroads become the United Statesʻs first big business?
8. How did railroad growth and economic growth become so closely interrelated?
9. How might you evaluate the accomplishments of railroad industrialists?
—Create a web diagram which shows the impact of the railroads during this time.
—Share your web via Google Docs with Mrs. Pico-Lilio during your block.
Homework: Read Chapter 12 Lesson 3 for tomorrow; Current Event Worksheet #10 due Friday-please tie into economic resources, inventions, transportation, big businesses or unions.