Instructor: Kyle Johnson Date: November 30th, 2012 Duration

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Lesson Plan: Remember The Progressive Titans
Subject: Social Studies
Instructor: Kyle Johnson
Date: November 30th, 2012
Duration: One 50-minute class period (Using knowledge from 3 previous periods)
Grade/ Section: 8th Grade, Section C
Nevada Standards:
H2.[6-8].22 Describe the effects of industrialization and new technologies on the development of the United States.
G7.[6-8].2 Describe how movements of people, goods, ideas, and resources

have affected events and conditions in the past and present.

E9.[6-8].1 Discuss choices made by individuals including the concepts of opportunity cost and total benefit.
Common Core Standards:
NH. 6-8. 2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
NH. 6-8. 8 Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Objective: Apply notes, annotations, lectures, videos, and audio clips into a representational persona of an American Industrial Titan by participating in a Morning Show Game.

  1. Use

  2. Interpret

  3. Construct

  4. Apply


Bios and accomplishments for Cornelius Vanderbilt, JP Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller.

Printed faces for the above mentioned figures attached to sticks.

“Good Morrow America” Logo

Series “The Men Who Built America” by History Channel

Activities/ Procedures:

Previous Days:

  1. Spit students up into teams of four and choose a leader for their team, this person will later act out the teams person of interest.

  2. Have students read and annotate the biographies of Cornelius Vanderbilt, JP Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller.

  3. Watch and take notes on Episodes 1 (Vanderbilt), 2 (Rockefeller), and 5 (JP Morgan) of the series “The Men Who Built America.”

  4. For homework have students do a written dialogue between their assigned figure and any other teams figure on the importance of ruthlessness in business.

Activity Day:

  1. Have students come in and answer the Daily Writing Question, “What would your Titan tell this person?”

  1. Use popsicle sticks to call on students and formulate an initial discussion on the nature of these important men in American History.

  2. Have students get into groups and compile all notes onto a single sheet of paper.

  3. Staple or tape this piece of paper to the backside of the persons face, place a stick in the middle so the students can hold the Titan’s face in front of their own during the show.

  4. Began “Good Morrow America!” by having the four students representing the figures step outside and don their new personas (suit jackets can help with the overall feel of the characters if avaible)

  5. Teacher will don his/her own persona as the host of the morning show.

  6. Using sound bites found at proceed with the introductions to the morning show.

  7. Guide “special guests” through questions including life, career, and thoughts on business.

  8. Reserve a time for questions from the audience.

  9. Have students ask questions to the impersonators.

  10. Conclude morning show

  11. Have students judge a character outside of their assigned person. Have them rate that person on accurately portraying the figures persona, using all the correct facts, and understanding the connections between the men.

  12. If time allows have students share one aspect of their person that made them successful.

Remediation/ Enrichment:
Students will be placed in groups that utilize their strengths and assist in their weaknesses. Each student will be assigned a specific task making them essential to the group’s overall success. Students will work in groups to complete all classwork, decisions, and objectives adding to collaboration skills and teamwork.

Students will judge the contestants on their performances factoring in authenticity, factual information, and creativity in performance. If time allows have students share one aspect of their person that made them successful.

Students will also answer questions in the mindset of their person for homework. Questions include: What was a defining moment in your life? Tell me about your childhood. If you could change one moment in your life what would it be?

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