homework due date change-Farm to Factory letter due Feb. 5 for SS 1 and 3, and Feb. 6 for SS 2, 4 and 5

               other homework due date changes TBA 

                                                 THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

                                                                                         January 20 – February 13, 2015


            The Industrial Revolution unit covers the span of time from the development of the factory system in the United States through the rapid industrialization of the country at the start of the 20th century.  Students will study the farm to factory movement in New England in the early 19th century through the examination of primary source material relating to the life of a young factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Students will also compare the living and working conditions of factory workers and the attitudes of factory owners towards those workers.  The positive and negative effects of the factory system on the environment and the American way of life will be studied.


  1. Students will understand and appreciate the changing roles of American workers as a result of the Industrial Revolution.
  2. Students will investigate a variety of primary sources related to the life of one young factory worker during the early 19th century.
  3. Students will work cooperatively in groups during the investigation of primary sources.
  4. Students will examine reasons a young person might leave the farm to work in a factory.
  5. Students will understand the reasons for the development of labor unions and their effect on working



  1. Read the assigned pages from your text and be prepared for a quiz on the material.
    1. Read Chapter 11, Section 1 (pages 382-387) and take notes.
    2. There will be a quiz on Jan 27 (SS 1, 2 and 3) and Jan 28 (SS 4 and 5).The quiz will include material from the reading assignment and from the notes you took while watching the video.

      NOTE: Your typed notes will be turned in before you take the quiz; they may be worth up to 10 bonus points on the quiz.

  2. Complete the writing assignment (rubric is on the back of this sheet) and turn it in at the beginning of class on Feb. 3 (SS 1, 2 and 3) or Feb. 4 (SS 4 and 5).Let’s look at this.


  3. Actively participate in the Barilla Taylor activity.You will receive an individual grade for your active participation and contribution to your group during your investigation of the life of Barilla Taylor.(A scoring rubric will be provided for Barilla Taylor group work.).


  4. Use the notes you took during classes to answer Barilla Taylor questions.

          Turn this in at the beginning of class on Feb. 9 (SS 2, 4 and 5) or Feb. 10 (SS 1 and 3).


  5. There will be no UNIT test at the end of this unit. The midterm exam will be given on Feb. 13 and will include questions on the material from this unit.















Farm Life to City Life

Writing Assignment


Assignment: Consider the perspective of a fifteen-year old living in the first half of the 19th century.  You have been offered the opportunity of going to the mills in Lowell, Massachusetts to work.  Your family says the decision is up to you.  Write a letter to your teacher explaining whether you would stay on the farm or leave and work in the mills.

Use the information from the farm diaries and Chapter 11, section 1 to support your decision.  Due Feb. 3 (SS 1, 2, 3) or Feb. 4 (SS 4, 5)


Scoring Rubric




Your explanation includes at least three valid reasons for your decision.


30 points

Your explanation includes two reasons for your decision.


20 points

Your explanation includes only one reason for your decision.


10 points

Each of your reasons is well developed and thoroughly explained.


30 points

Your reasons are somewhat developed and explained.



25 points

Your reasons are not explained or developed.



20 points

Your reasons are historically accurate (drawn from the primary and secondary sources you have studied).

30 points

Your reasons are mostly historically accurate.



25 points

Your reasons are not drawn from the primary and secondary sources you have studied.

20 points

Your letter is well written with few errors in spelling and mechanics.


10 points

Your letter has some errors in spelling and mechanics.



7 points

Your letter has a number of errors in spelling and mechanics.


5 points