Lesson: Industrial Revolution
Author: Suzanne G
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 10
The Industrial Revolution refers to the greatly increased output of machine-made goods that began in England in the middle 1700s. Before the Industrial Revolution, people wove textiles by hand. Then, machines began to do this and other jobs. Soon the Industrial Revolution spread from England to Continental Europe and North America. Students will learn the effect that the Industrial Revolution had on society, government, the economy, and culture.
Students will gain knowledge of the Industrial Revolution by: identifying characteristics pertaining to the time period, analyzing the effects the factory conditions had on the standards of life, and consider some factors of media literacy by answering several questions.
After examining the "Background Builder" sites, take the small quiz testing your knowledge knowledge. Share your score or one fact you didn't know using the Journal strategy. Then, go through the activities and follow the directions as explained. Make sure to use the Strategy Coaches and Strategy Help for tips and ideas for how to respond to the material.
Directions: Time line provides chronology for events relating to the Industrial Revolution that began in England in the 19th century.
Directions: Read this brief overview for an introduction to the Industrial Revolution. Click on the underlined words for the definitions. Then after completing the reading, take the quiz.
Directions: This animation shows how a spinning mill works.The spinning mills were powered by steam. View this to see how the spinning mill was powered in factories during the Industrial Revolution.
plying to work hard and constantly
dolorous to cause pain or sorrow
aloof when a person is reserved or stand-offish
barbarous uncivilized, savage, crude
band something that binds or constricts
gusset a triangle or diamond added to give support to a garment or bridge
shroud cloth used to cover or wrap a corpse
grisly horrible, gruesome
benumbed to lose sensation or feeling due to the cold
primrose an herb with flowers
respite a period of rest