Unit: 5 Course: American History



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Student Performance Task
Unit: 5 Course: American History

Task: Robber Barons or Captains of Industry? Time Frame: 1 day HWK


Overarching Understanding:


  • Students will understand that human behavior is impacted by individual and group behavior

Enduring Understanding:




  • Students will understand that immigration, industry, and progressivism reshaped the United States

Essential Question:




  • How is it that private indsurtrialist were more powerful then the Federal Government?

Vignette:




  • Students will gather information on business practices of an industrialist or financier that led to them being labeled "robber baron" or "Captain of industry"?

Standard:
You will be graded on the following scale:

  • See rubric


Performance Task Blueprint


Unit:

Unit 8

Type:
















Topic Area:

Industrialization

Time Frame:

1 day







Goal



To understand the perception of an industrialist being a hero or villain








Role



Students gather information on 4 preselected industrialists




Audience


To defend their opinion to the teacher





Situation

One day to be done either in a computer lab or at home





Product or Performance



Students will complete informational chart




Standards


See Rubric





Robber Baron or Captain of Industry?


CATEGORY

10-8

7-6

5-4

3-0

Content - Accuracy

At least 3 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.

2 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.

1 accurate facts is displayed on the poster.

No accurate facts are displayed on the poster.

Knowledge Gained

Student can accurately answer all questions related to facts in the poster and processes used to create the poster.

Student can accurately answer most questions related to facts in the poster and processes used to create the poster.

Student can accurately answer about 75% of questions related to facts in the poster and processes used to create the poster.

Student appears to have insufficient knowledge about the facts or processes used in the poster.


Total Points Earned
_________

Robber Barons or



Captains of Industry?

Web Resources

Using the following resources and/or any other approved sources available in our classroom, your group should fill in the chart for your assigned individual.



Andrew Carnegie

It shall be the rule for the workman to be Partner with Capital, the man of affairs giving his business experience, the working man in the mill his mechanical skill, to the company, both owners of the shares and so far equally interested in the success of their joint efforts. —Andrew Carnegie

    • From the EDSITEment resource American Memory

      • Today in History

      • Edgar Thomson Works, Carnegie Steel Co (Click on any of the images for photographs.)

    • From America's Library, a link from the EDSITEment resource American Memory

      • Andrew Carnegie

      • Andrew Carnegie Grows Up Working (Click "Next" for succeeding pages.)

      • Andrew Carnegie and His Parents (Click "Next" for succeeding pages.)

      • Andrew Carnegie Philanthropist (Click "Next" for succeeding pages.)

    • From The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie on The American Experience, a link from the EDSITEment resource Internet Public Library (NOTE: This site contains a great deal of information and documents relating to Carnegie, including those listed below.)

    • Letters about the Homestead Strike

    • Information about the Carnegie Mansion

    • Carnegie Biography

    • Interactive Timeline (Frames Version; Text Only Version)

    • The Two Andrews

    • Scotland to America

    • Welcome to Pittsburgh

    • Love Carnegie Style

    • The Wrong Career Path?

    • The American Experience | Andrew Carnegie | Gilded Age

  • Andrew Carnegie Page of Entrepreneurs and American Economic Growth, a link from Internet Public Library

  • How to Succeed in Life by Andrew Carnegie on the EDSITEment resource Learner.org

  • The Gospel of Wealth on The Internet Modern History Sourcebook, an extension of the EDSITEment resource The Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Cornelius Vanderbilt

I have been insane on the subject of moneymaking all my life. —Cornelius Vanderbilt

You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you.

—Cornelius Vanderbilt



  • From the EDSITEment resource Harp Week

    • Cartoon, "The Great Race for the Western Stakes" (and brief text)

    • Cartoon, "Justice on the Rails" and explanatory text

  • A Ferry to a Fortune on PBS, a link from the EDSITEment resource Internet Public Library

  • A Business Biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt, available via a link from the EDSITEment resource Links to the Past

  • "Cornelius Vanderbilt" and "The Erie Railroad Wars" (move down the page until you locate the sections entitled "Cornelius Vanderbilt" and "The Erie Railroad Wars") from American History 102: Civil War to the Present, a link from the EDSITEment resource History Matters

  • Vanderbilt Mansion Historical Site (including Biographical Material) on the National Park Service, of which the EDSITEment resource Links to the Past is an extension

  • Cornelius Vanderbilt Page of Entrepreneurs and American Economic Growth, a link from Internet Public Library

J. Pierpont Morgan

  • From the EDSITEment resource Learner.org

  • Brief Biography from The American Experience, a link from the EDSITEment resource Internet Public Library

  • Morgan on The Museum of American Financial History, a link from the EDSITEment resource American Memory

  • First Public Demonstration of Edison's Light Bulb from America's Library, a link from the EDSITEment resource American Memory

  • Morgan Finances Edison on The Smithsonian Museum of American History, a link from the EDSITEment resource American Studies at the University of Virginia (Note: This archival document and the previous article are here for their reference to Morgan as one of Edison's "main investors," showing how a financier like Morgan contributed to the American economy and quality of life.)

John D. Rockefeller

  • From Museum of American Financial History, a link from the EDSITEment resource American Memory

  • From The Rockefellers on The American Experience, a link from the EDSITEment resource Internet Public Library (NOTE: This site contains a great deal of information and documents relating to Rockefeller, including those listed below.)

    • Biography of John D. Rockefeller, Senior

    • Paragraph on Rockefeller's cornering of the market and game

    • Annotated Timeline

    • Rockefeller's Mark on America: Interactive Map

    • Critical Letter to the NY Times about Rockefeller

    • Letters to Rockefeller Requesting Donations

  • John D. Rockefeller Page of Entrepreneurs and American Economic Growth, a link from Internet Public Library

  • Standard Oil of New Jersey (move down the page until you locate the section entitled "Standard Oil of New Jersey") on American History 102: Civil War to the Present, a link from the EDSITEment resource History Matters

Graphic Organizer pdf link


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