How do we evaluate the social costs and benefits of technological innovations?
New 21st century technologies and the emergence of a global economy have produced progress and poverty in contemporary America. In a similar fashion the industrial revolution of the late 19th century produced economic "winners and losers" as it transformed American society from a traditional agricultural economy to a modern industrial power.
This 18-page document-based question guides students through the historian's process with critical thinking questions based on Common Core skills. "Stop and think" prompts encourage a deep reading of many notables of the era - including Russell Conwell, Henry George, Andrew Carnegie and Stephen Crane. Engaging historic multimedia includes posters, 1908 Sears Catalogue, a gallery of photographs by Lewis Hine and one of Edison's early Vitascope films.
The multi-touch eBook is designed to foster reflection and offer students the chance to share their thinking in a variety of forms - including essays, infograms, image curation and social media postings.
I loved Edison's silent film! Some great resources a well as creative writing prompts. Will definitely be able to use this!
Another Great Resource
Peter delivers another winner with this interactive, multimedia resource that will bring history alive for students. Prompts guide students to think critically about the costs and benefits of "progress"--a question as relevant today as it was in the 19th century. Wonderful curation of resources.
Great Prompts and Intro to Critical Thinking
I fell in love with the images in this book first. (And I love the silent video of the Brooklyn Bridge). Soon after, I realized how well Peter has chosen the excerpts for analysis. The wide range of "share your knowledge" ideas caps it. My almost-a-professor-of-history-heart sings….