Chapter 14 & 15 Project Ideas: The Gilded Age

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The Gilded Age (1877-1900)

Chapters 14 & 15

Verbal/Linguistic

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Compare and contrast any two Robber Barons.

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Write a speech about a major invention during the Gilded Age.

Discuss how Carnegie’s steel industry impacted railroad construction.

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Write a newspaper article about the Haymarket Riot in Chicago

Compare and contrast the Grange Movement with the Populist Party.

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Logical/Mathematical

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Graph patterns of population movement during the Gilded Age.

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Sequence the major political events of the Gilded Age.

Analyze financial information about the Panic of 1893.

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Create a chart that demonstrates immigration to America from 1877 to 1900.

Make predictions about the problems that rapid industrialization would bring to America.

Visual/Spatial

Draw a political cartoon about a Robber Baron.

Make a poster in support of the Knights of Labor

Draw a political cartoon for the phrase “Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion.”

Create a presentation about the Gilded Age.

Pretend to be a philanthropist from the Gilded Age.

Create a political cartoon of the Gold Bugs.

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Draw a scene of the Pullman Strike.

Create a political cartoon of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Create an illustration in support of the Pendleton Act.

Musical/Rhythmic

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Write a song that satirizes the Gilded Age.

Identify new musical instruments during the Gilded Age.

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Determine how music changed for freed slaves after the Civil War.

Interpret the meaning to the words of the song, “Eight Hours.” Include the lyrics.

Compare and contrast music of the industrial cities to music of the rural areas.

Bodily / Kinesthetic

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Act out the concept of Social Darwinism

Role-play J.D. Rockefeller attempting to buy out a competitor.

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Act out the role of a child exploited by the coal industry.

Role-play Eugene Debs and his involvement in the Pullman Strike.

Role-play the candidates in the 1896 elections.

Perform a skit about the rise of Populism.

Naturalist

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List the changes in the American terrain as a result of drilling for oil.

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Categorize the minerals necessary for the production of steel.

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Record changes in mining procedures as a result of the growth of steel mills in Pennsylvania.

Categorize the animals affected by railroad construction.

Find pictures of harbors and rivers that are dredged for shipping. Write about the possible environmental consequences of this action.

Interpersonal

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Two students will interview each other about how cities changed as a result of rapid

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industrialization.

Create a group presentation explaining why the government sided with industry when labor strikes erupted.

Write a collaborative paper about the issues of the 1896 election.

Do a team presentation on one major type of industry during the Gilded Age.

Solve a simulated conflict over the pollution of a city’s water supply as a result of industrialization.

Do a team presentation on the role of women during the Gilded Age.

Do a team presentation on why large numbers of African Americans moved to the North during the

Gilded Age.

Intrapersonal

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Write a letter to the editor describing your feelings about one of the Robber Barons.

Write an essay discussing your likes and dislikes about the way the government handles labor strikes.

Take a stand to support the action of President Cleveland in the Pullman Strike.

Create a presentation on the changes in the lives of women during the Gilded Age.

Write an ethical code of rules the Robber Barons could follow in regard to protecting the environment.

Write about your wants and needs as an African American in the Gilded Age.

Choose between keeping the Spoils system in politics or enacting the Pendleton Act.

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