Industrialization 
and the Evolution of American Culture 1880-1920

 

Archives Used/Multimedia Exhibits:    

Catalogues:    http://www.chicagohs.org/AOTM/jan00/jan00fact3.html
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/INCORP/food/kitchen/technology.html

Capitalism:    http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/WEBER/WeberCH2.html

Consumption: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/VEBLEN/chap04.html

Nature of Home Life:    http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/INCORP/food/kitchen/technology.html



Enduring Understandings:

    1. How was life changing as a result of technology? In what regard?
    2. What will the increasing use and dependency on technology mean for
        Americans?
    3. How will technology influence social stratification?
    4. Who will benefit the most from technology--the common folk or the
        industrialists? Explain.


Student-developed questions and activities:

      Students will utilize actual examples from both images and textual documentation in responding to these questions.

Follow-up Activities:

   1. Show the "Sears Catalogue" excerpt from the American Experience series http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/
    2. Photocopy excerpts from reproductions of Sears Catalogues from this time period and create mini-catalogues for student use   This is especially good for developing inferences.
    3. Choose individual items from the reproductions of the Sears Catalogue(s) and digitize them for a
     a specialized or directed lesson on technology. A less-technological alternative would be to make
     color copy these images and laminate them for in-class posting in an active collaboratory setting.

 

 

 

Maintained by Matthew K. McClure, Social Science Instructor and Staff Development-Technology
Last modified:  Thursday, June 28, 2001
Maine Township High School West, Des Plaines IL
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