Industrialization, Urbanization, and Immigration
Age 12-14: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 2

In this unit, you will learn about the period of time between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War I. This time in American history saw an influx of immigration which led to advances in industrialization and urbanization as cities began to grow and expand. America also saw advances in technology with the invention of electric lightning, the telephone, and fixed-wing aircrafts. Urbanization also led to an increased number of social reform movements in what was known as the Progressive Era. This unit concludes with the beginning of World War I, which the United States entered following the sinking of the Lusitania in 1917. For your final project, you will create a dramatic performance or a scrapbook detailing the life of a historical character of your own creation.
by Kathryn L. Wall, Ph.D.
 
by Kathryn L. Wall, Ph.D.
 

Other Items You May Need

The Age 12-14 social studies units utilize a Timeline of American History along with a stack of timeline cards to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events.
$15.00 #1809 Age 12-14 - American History Timeline Cards
$7.00 #1810 Age 12-14 - American History Timeline

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at an 8th or 9th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Can write a five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh or eighth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Urbanization and Migration
  • Lesson 2: Indian Wars in the West (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: New Technologies
  • Lesson 4: New Industries (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Immigration (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Social Problems (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Politics
  • Lesson 8: World War I (2 Days)
  • Final Project: A Dramatic Performance or Scrapbook (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze the transformation of the American economy and the changing social and political conditions in the United States in response to the Industrial Revolution. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the transformation of the American economy and the changing social and political conditions in the United States in response to the Industrial Revolution. Evaluate the impact of political, economic, social, and technological changes on American life from 1870 to 1930. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the increasing United States involvement in world affairs including participation in World War I. (Social Studies)
  • Describe your state's reaction to the increasing United States involvement in world affairs including participation in World War I, and evaluate the impact on the state's economy. (Social Studies)
  • Discuss child labor, working conditions, and laissez-faire policies toward big business and examine the labor movement, including its leaders (e.g., Samuel Gompers), its demand for collective bargaining, and its strikes and protests over labor conditions. (Social Studies)
  • Discuss entrepreneurs, industrialists, and bankers in politics, commerce, and industry (e.g., Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Leland Stanford). (Social Studies)
  • Evaluate the impact of political, economic, social, and technological changes on American life from 1870 to 1930. (Social Studies)
  • Examine the changing role of educational, religious, and social institutions in the state and analyze their impact. (Social Studies)
  • Examine the location and effects of urbanization, renewed immigration, and industrialization (e.g., the effects on social fabric of cities, wealth and economic opportunity, the conservation movement). (Social Studies)
  • Explain how states and the federal government encouraged business expansion through tariffs, banking, land grants, and subsidies. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the characteristics and impact of Grangerism and Populism. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the new sources of large-scale immigration and the contributions of immigrants to the building of cities and the economy; explain the ways in which new social and economic patterns encouraged assimilation of newcomers into the mainstream amidst growing cultural diversity; and discuss the new wave of nativism. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the reasons for the development of federal Indian policy and the wars with American Indians and their relationship to agricultural development and industrialization. (Social Studies)
  • Name the significant inventors and their inventions and identify how they improved the quality of life (e.g., Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Orville and Wilbur Wright). (Social Studies)
  • Trace patterns of agricultural and industrial development as they relate to climate, use of natural resources, markets, and trade and locate such development on a map. (Social Studies)
<-- go back