Top 10 Teacher Resources for Teaching the Gilded Age and Industrialization – U.S. History Following the Civil War to Early 1900s

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Top 10 U.S. History Teacher Favorites for Teaching the Gilded Age and Industrialization

Top Teacher Resources That Help Teach U.S. History Post-Civil War to the Early 1900s

Here are 10 teacher favorites for teaching the Gilded Age and Industrialization in the United States including downloadable thematic units, classroom posters, and fun activities for teaching and learning about the period following the Civil War up to the early 1900s.

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Gilded Age and Industrialization Teaching Resources

U.S. History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Gilded Age and Industrialization Download

U.S. History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Gilded Age and Industrialization Download

This versatile digital resource is an entire thematic unit in one place! PDFs include complete teacher edition and editable student pages. Students simply type their answers in, save, and upload! Printable and projectable, this unit is perfect for seamless teaching in class, at home, or any combination!

  • Flexible design works in any learning environment, ready to upload to Google Classroom or any other learning platform!
  • Differentiated and supportive, with a solid mix of warmups, out-of-the-box activities, content and skills practice, graphic organizers, primary source analysis, and resources.
  • Activities include: Easy Debate: Who Was the Most Influential Man During the Gilded Age?, Mock Trial: The Trial of Andrew Carnegie, and Document-Based Questions: Progressive Spirit and Reform.
  • Ready to implement! No textbook, no problem. A historical context reading with bolded key vocab terms starts the unit.
  • Aligned to C3 and Common Core national standards.

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U.S. History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Reconstruction Download

U.S. History Thematic Hybrid Unit: Reconstruction Download

This versatile digital resource is an entire thematic unit in one place! PDFs include complete teacher edition and editable student pages. Students simply type their answers in, save, and upload! Printable and projectable, this unit is perfect for seamless teaching in class, at home, or any combination!

  • Flexible design works in any learning environment, ready to upload to Google Classroom or any other learning platform!
  • Differentiated and supportive, with a solid mix of warmups, out-of-the-box activities, content and skills practice, graphic organizers, primary source analysis, and resources.
  • Activities include: Easy Debate: Was Native American Assimilation of the Late 1800s a Positive Event in American History?, Historical Speech Analysis of Susan B. Anthony’s “Women’s Right to Vote,” and Document-Based Questions: Recovery and Expansion.
  • Ready to implement! No textbook, no problem. A historical context reading with bolded key vocab terms starts the unit.
  • Aligned to C3 and Common Core national standards.

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The Essential U.S. History Primary Source Library: Reconstruction and Industrialization Download

The Essential U.S. History Primary Source Library: Reconstruction and Industrialization Download

This fully projectable download contains 25 digitized primary sources from Reconstruction through Industrialization, plus an explanation of primary and secondary sources, and 10 reproducible mnemonic device graphic organizers to support your lesson. The Reconstruction and Industrialization download features documents like:

  • The Fourteenth Amendment
  • The Chinese Exclusion Act
  • The Sherman Anti-Trust Act
  • And more!

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Gilded Age and Industrialization Posters

Life in the 1900s Decade Poster

Show Me ChalLife in the 1900s Decade Posterlenges and Clues for World Geography Book

How Has Life Changed Since the 1900s?

In the 1900s, you could buy a loaf of bread for 5¢ and it only cost 16¢ a gallon for gas to drive to the store! Real photos, historical events, and cost-of-living comparisons show students how generations before them lived.

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Also included in our Life in the Decades Posters Set of 11

Life in the 1910s Decade Poster

Life in the 1910s Decade Poster

How Has Life Changed Since the 1910s?

In the 1910s, you could buy a loaf of bread for 6¢ and it only cost 12¢ a gallon for gas to drive to the store! Real photos, historical events, and cost-of-living comparisons show students how generations before them lived.

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Also included in our Life in the Decades Posters Set of 11

Susan B. Anthony: Hero or Villain? Mini-Poster

Susan B. Anthony: Hero or Villain? Mini-Poster

Is Susan B. Anthony a Hero or a Villain? YOU Be the Judge!

History tends to judge historical figures in extremes, and it can be tempting to view the world in black and white. Use this Susan B. Anthony mini-poster to encourage students to look beyond established narratives into the real world of gray.

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Hero or Villain? Blank Set of 35 Profile Posters

Hero or Villain? Blank Set of 35 Profile Posters

The Gilded Age was also known for political and economic changes. 

Was Carnegie a philanthropist or a robber baron? Was Edison a genius or did he take credit for other people's work? Make your own Hero or Villain posters and let your students be the judge!

Activity download packet also available!

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Gilded Age and Industrialization Activities

Build It Yourself: The Industrial Revolution Book

Build It Yourself: The Industrial Revolution Book

25 Projects to Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World

What invention has had the greatest impact on people’s lives?

Twenty-five projects supported with easy-to-read text, timelines, maps, images, sidebars, vocab, and web resources show students who led the Industrial Revolution and how their inventions changed the world.

  • Make a water-powered wheel
  • Work on an assembly line
  • Create your own invention
  • And more!

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Common Core Lessons & Activities: Inventors & Inventions Book

Common Core Lessons & Activities: Inventors & Inventions Book

Meet the new Common Core State Standards for ELA as well as Literacy and Writing in History and Social Studies! This book is designed to supplement your Social Studies resources, adding new Common Core rigor, analysis, writing inference, text-dependent questions, and more into your daily instruction.

Here's how it works!

  • Work through the lessons and activities as a class to teach your students higher-order thinking, analysis, and the 21st-century skills necessary to meet new Common Core State Standards expectations.
  • Allow students to work through the lessons independently to build and practice these new skills.
  • Include technology, collaboration, presentations, and discussion in the activities as you desire—you can decide how in-depth to go.
  • Watch your class develop new abilities to meet the rigor of Common Core State Standards, right before your eyes!

Inventors and Inventions—Common Core Lessons and Activities includes: 

  • Reading for Information
  • Higher-Order Thinking
  • Writing Problems
  • Primary Source Analysis
  • Vocabulary
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Map Activities and More!

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Timeline Inventions Card Game

Timeline Inventions Card Game

Students MAKE History with the Inventions Timeline Game!

Was the wheel invented before writing? Students draw invention cards and create a timeline by putting them in the right order. Wrong answers mean more cards—the first student to get rid of all their cards wins! Combine this game with other Timeline sets for an even bigger challenge!

Two to six players. Contains 55 cards, plus instructions.

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