Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to Railroad construction workers
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Work and Travel on the Rails
by Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Educational unit with lesson plans and activities designed to introduce students to the role and experiences of immigrant labor on the railroads in American history and the evolution of railroad travel from the perspective of the traveler. The materials in this guide are geared to the middle and high school classroom for use in the curriculum areas of history, geography, reading, writing, and the arts. The unit has two major areas of focusóWorking on the Rails; and Public Space on the Rails. Background materials include a glossary, resources for teachers and students, and links to primary source materials, such as railroad ballads, travel accounts, and railroad reports, drawn from the collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and other materials. The lesson plan is correlated to the Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards for Reading and Writing, History, and Geography.
|Grade Level: 6-8; 9-12
||Curriculum: Performing Arts; Music; Language Arts; History and Social Studies; Geography; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Primary sources; Lesson plans; Audio recordings; Activities
|Subjects: United States--History; United States--Social life and customs; Railroad construction workers; Railroads; Labor history; Industrialization; Immigrants; Irish Americans; Italian Americans; Immigrant labor; Music; Ballads; Travel; Geography
Geographic locations: United States
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia PA 19107