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Lesson Plan How Transportation Transformed America: Going to Market

This project investigates and examines the impact transportation has had on peoples' lives. We chose to compare and contrast the turn of the centuries. This lesson introduces primary documents, specifically visuals. We intend for this activity to be used across grade levels and provide a basic framework that is adaptable. We intentionally left out a lot of specifics so that students would critically think about and come up with questions and ideas on their own for more in-depth study.

Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • View visual images and list details.
  • Make deductions and interpretations from the list of details.
  • Formulate questions for further investigation.
  • Present deductions, conclusions, and questions to other groups.
  • Continue research based on questions.
  • Develop assessment tools.

Time Required

Two weeks

Lesson Preparation

Materials

Resources

Lesson Procedure

Activity One

Discuss and Define Transportation.

  1. On 3x5 cards write what you think transportation means.
  2. Research what types of transportation were available around the turn of the twentieth century (1900).
  3. Research what types of transportation are available today.

Activity Two

View the photographs and film clip depicting farm markets at the turn of the twentieth century.

Look at the photographs and film clip below. Make a list of interesting details. Think about the people in the picture, the action taking place, and anything you find unusual.

View the two photographs depicting farm markets at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Look at the two photographs below. Make a list of interesting details. Think about the people in the picture, the action taking place, and anything you find unusual.

Activity Three

Analyze the photographs

Students analyze the photograph, recording their thoughts on the Primary Source Analysis Tool. Before the students begin, select questions from the teacher's guide Analyzing Photographs and Prints to focus and prompt analysis and discussion.

Activity Four

Formulate questions for further investigation

  1. Review the definition of transportation the class wrote at the start of this lesson.
  2. Write three questions these photos raise in your mind. Consider what else you would need to know to have a more complete understanding of the subject matter in the picture.
  3. Invite students to explain to the group why these questions rose from the pictures.
  4. Choose a question and begin to research it further.

Extension

  • Field trip to a local historical society or museum
  • Interviews with local historians or people involved in the transportation industry

Lesson Evaluation

Student folders will be evaluated using a check list for pre-project activities. Student projects will be evaluated using a checklist generated by students and the instructor.

Credits

Jane Hoover & Linda C. Joseph

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