Industrialization of America (ch 6 project menu)
Pick one of the following to complete by Wednesday 10/26
Your completed work should reflect:pride, neatness, creativity formal writing/spelling/grammar (no slang
unless historically accurate) good time management/use of lab time, and a following of all directions
1. Perspective Pieces
Design a drawing or write a newspaper article to represent different views on controversial
figures or events connected to industrialization. 1 page minimum
a. Current connection- In the late 1800s Edison made a practical incandescent light bulb that
could be mass produced- today there is a great deal of debate about making incandescent
bulbs more efficient or replacing them with compact fluorescent light bulbs- Explain the pros
& cons of each in 1 page
b. Labor Unions- good or bad? (this can be about the past & or present)
c. Industrialization- did it do, is it doing more harm than good?
d. Company Towns- Research company towns like the George Pullman story we read/discussed
in class. List the pros & cons of a company town. Explain why companies built the towns,
why workers chose to live there, advantages and disadvantages to both the company and the
workers, and different options for both the workers and the company owner. (Refer to pg 238
of text to get started)
2. Most violent labor strikes of all time
Create a PowerPoint that lists 10 violent strikes in American history. Then pick 5 of the 10 strikes
to explain in more detail:
Who was striking, why (what did the workers want & what did management (company owners
want), where, when, and what were the outcomes.
Rank what you think were the 3 worst strikes of all time and explain why (amount of damage,
deaths, etc) you ranked them in the order you did. Include photos, statistics, and a quote.
Create a book of pictowords- (symbolic representations of words or phrases that show their meaning-
to help define difficult concepts. Use these words connected to Industrialization to make the book
Industrialization Bessemer process Thomas Edison George Pullman
Gilded Age Sherman Antitrust Act Andrew Carnegie Marry Harris Jones
Include a brief written explanation of how all these people events, etc. are connected to the period of
Write a 1 page (minimum) personification essay on a person, event, and place connected to our study of
Industrialization- Use your notes and/or ch 6 of the text. You can also write it as a riddle to be solved by
I scream out in the dark
I bring light to you
My flame whispers in the quiet
Who am I?
Answer- Thomas Edison (see Mr. P for other examples)
Other topics could deal with- labor conditions, immigration, inventions, Gilded Age, or even a question
like- did Industrialization do more good or more harm for America/Americans?
5. Creating a memorial
There is a competition and the Mayor of New York is asking you and others to design a memorial to the
victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. What would you propose, and why? What information would you
want your memorial to impart, and what feelings and emotions would you want it to elicit? Describe the
concept for your memorial in 1 page persuasive writing piece. Create a physical model or drawing, etc. of
the memorial you envision.
6. Unfair? Speak out, Protest!
Research & find/identify 3 protest movements that happened or are happening in the US. (Past/and or
present—against unjust laws.
Find photographs that express different opinions about each of the 3 protests—one that shows each
protest in a sympathetic light and another that shows it in an unsympathetic light (so you should have a
total of 6 photos) Write captions for the photos. In the captions, explain what it is about the photograph
that makes you think it either supports or opposes a particular view.
7. Illustrated timeline
Create an illustrated timeline to sequence (put in order) the events of American industrialization-
Use symbols, drawings, pictures for each event
You should have 15 events- some of which include the causes & effects of industrialization (see ch 6 of
text & pg 250 of text
8. Historical Markers
Make a historical marker to summarize 2 important historical events- pick one from the valley (see Mr.
P)and one from the time period of American industrialization that we’ve read/discussed, etc. in class.
The 2 markers should include a drawing, a photo and a summary(1/2 pg. for each marker) of the events
that transpired (happened) there and an explanation of the significance of the history